Rah Bickley, Staff Writer The News And Observer (Raleigh, NC)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Paul J. Dumas, director of police at Duke University for 24 years, died at his home Friday after a long illness. He was 67.
He retired in 1995, a year after he won the University Medal for Distinguished Meritorious Service - Duke's highest honor.
Dumas, a native of Maine, started as Duke's police chief in 1971, when Terry Sanford was university president and campuses across the country were in turmoil.
While upgrading and expanding the campus police, Dumas increased the number of female and minority officers, said Charles Nordan, Duke's assistant police chief.
"He brought the standards for this agency to an all-time high," Nordan said. Dumas personally interviewed every job candidate and encouraged them all to get an education, Nordan said.
Before joining Duke, Dumas served in the Army and started as a police officer in Montgomery, Ala., in 1960. He soon became a detective monitoring the activities of the Ku Klux Klan and other agitators against the civil rights movement. Later he graduated first in his class from the FBI Academy.
Dumas became police director at the University of Georgia in 1970 and came to Duke the next year.
At Duke, he handled the visits of such dignitaries as President Reagan and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He also successfully managed the campus uproar that followed Duke's back-to-back national basketball championships in 1991 and 1992.
"He'll be remembered for being fair and impartial and willing to give everyone an opportunity to succeed," Nordan said.
Dumas is survived by his wife, Ann; three daughters, Jeanne Dumas of Durham, Catherine Miller of Mebane and Teresa Bryant of Raleigh; and four grandchildren.
A public memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Duke Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the CrimeStoppers program of any community.