John S. Duley passed away on Thursday, July 15th, 2021 in East Lansing, Michigan, at the age of 100. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Reverend Duley served on the faculty of Michigan State University and was a nationally respected civil rights and social justice champion, who pioneered practices in higher education that came to be known as service-learning, civic engagement, and community-engaged learning. Among his many accomplishments, Duley created and led the Student Tutorial Education Program (STEP). From 1965-1968, STEP engaged over 100 students and faculty volunteers in preparing students at Rust College for academic success and to support the all-black Mississippi school's full accreditation.

A memorial service for Rev. Duley will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021, 11:00am-Eastern at Presbyterian Church of Okemos (2258 Bennett Rd, Okemos, MI, 48864). It will be livestreamed, at:

Full obituary of John Duley:

News coverage:

Lansing State Journal: John Duley, Fierce Advocate for Civil Rights and Making World a Better Place, Dies at 100

WKAR: Remembering Mid-Michigan Civil Rights Icon John Duley

WSYM: Mid-Michigan Social Justice Pioneer John Duley Dies at 100

National Society for Experiential Education: Tribute to John Duley

Additional resources:

Duley Acknowledged: Voices of Affirmation on John Duley's 100th Birthday

Duley Noted: Celebrating John Duley's 100th Birthday

Student Competencies and Experiential Learning: An Account from Justin Morrill College (1965-1979)

Reflection: John Duley’s Faith Journey and Morality in Education

John Duley Archives

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections: John S. Duley Papers