March 29, 2021

Dear Spelman community,

It is with deep sorrow that we write to share news of the heartbreaking loss of Julio Gonzalez-Ruiz, Ph.D., associate professor and former chair of Spelman College’s Department of World Languages and Cultures (previously World Languages and Literature), who died at his home in Los Alcarrizos, Dominican Republic, this past weekend.

Dr. Gonzalez-Ruiz came to Spelman in 2004. In the 17 years he spent with the Spelman community, he became a beloved teacher, cherished colleague and friend to many. He made important contributions to our global studies program, creating and directing two study abroad programs for our students in collaboration with the University of Malaga, Spain, and CIEE-Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

He served as chair of the Library Advisory Council of the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library, organized Spelman’s International Film Festival, and chaired the department of World Languages and Literature from 2015-2018 with good humor and dedication. He enjoyed teaching African Diaspora in the World, as well as his popular courses in world languages.

When Dr. Gonzalez-Ruiz entered any gathering, he brought with him a joyous spirit, positive energy and a warm collegiality and smile that brightened any room. He loved Spelman dearly and leaves a hole in the hearts of all who knew him.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his students past and present, his departmental colleagues and his many staff and faculty colleagues around the College.

We are developing a celebration of Dr. Gonzalez-Ruiz on Spelman’s website where members of the community can leave tributes and remembrances.

Condolences may be sent to his partner, Kendrick Dunn, and to his family at the following addresses:

Mr. Kendrick Dunn
5800 Oakdale Rd, SE
Unit #101
Mableton, GA 30126

Familia Gonzalez Ruiz
C/ Geranio
Num. 23B16
Rincón de la Victoria, Málaga, España
In sorrow,
Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
Sharon Davies, JD
Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA 30314

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