Dear CVPA Community,
I am so very sorry to be writing to you today with such sad news. Our wonderful friend, tireless advocate, and generous supporter of the arts at Mason (and so many other important things), Sid Dewberry, has left us. He passed away on Saturday, July 16, at the age of 94.
The obituary and information about the memorial service this Saturday are linked here and will appear in The Washington Post. A lovely story from the university is also linked here and will appear in tomorrow’s edition of The George.
Sid was such a great friend to so many, has been a such strong believer in the power of music and the arts to exert a positive impact on the world. Acting on that belief, has made a transformative impact on the arts at Mason, most visibly through the sustained philanthropic commitment that led to the naming of the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music.
I hope you will take the time to read and reflect on both the eventful and purposeful life described in the obituary, and the Mason story as well, which reflects Sid’s many forms of service and contribution to George Mason University. We will miss him greatly, even as his legacy lives on here through his visionary generosity and his wonderful family.
At an appropriate moment this fall, we will celebrate Reva and Sid Dewberry in full. In the meantime, please join me in offering our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Dewberry family.