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City mourns death of PSU Dean Toulan and wife

(Image is Clickable Link) by: COURTESY OF PSU - Dr. Nohad Toulan and his wife Dirce Angelina Moroni Toulan, died Monday in a traffic accident in Uruguay. He was dean emeritus of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning.The city is mourning the death of Portland State University Dean Nohad A. Toulan and his wife.

Dr. Nohad Toulan, 81, and Dirce Angelina Moroni Toulan, 78, died Monday in a traffic accident in Uruguay. He was Dean Emeritus of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning.

Mayor Charlie Hales expressed his sadness after receiving the news. Hales and his wife, Nancy Hales, are on a mission to China.

“Both Nancy and I were very close to Nohad and Dirce,” Mayor Hales said. “He and I spoke just before his departure for Uruguay. And typical of Nohad, he was excited about the trip and eager to meet again and talk about planning and public administration ideas after they got back.”

Hales also said, “He was a mentor to both Nancy and me; the wise and warm-hearted sage who really cared about you,” Mayor Hales said. “Everyone in Portland who wanted to learn something about the way cities work, or should, sat at the feet of Dr. Toulan ... and listened.”

Wim Wiewel, Portland State University President, said funeral arrangements are pending and a memorial service will be announced.

The Toulans are survived by their adult children, Mariam and Omar.

PSU has set up a website, www.pdx.edu/cupa/remembering-the-toulans, for information about the family and a memorial service.