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Remembering Chris Dula; ETSU holds celebration of life

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Music filled ETSU Brooks Gym in typical Chris Dula fashion.

"It meant a lot to know a person that was more than a classroom. A lot of times we say that it's more than moves for dancers, for him it was more than a classroom, more than psychology, it was life. A lot that I took from him is that no matter what's going on, you have to live your life," says Dula's friend, Kevin Glasper.

The hundreds who gathered for the Celebration of Life included former students, ETSU faculty and staff, additional friends and family.

"He wanted a very uplifting and positive experience for everyone who came and I think we achieved that," says Dula's son, Daelin.

Daelin says he has some big shoes to fill.

"Try and live up to socialistic hole he left behind, but I don't know if anyone can do it as well as he can," says Daelin.

Dula died Tuesday following a long battle with brain cancer. He was a longtime psychology professor, author and musician.

"One of a kind. Definitely someone who stands out very unique and smart. He loved people and he loved people more than he loved himself," says Dula's former student, Richard Barran.

The ceremony was packed with stories of Dula’s life, dancing and music.

"He had a such such a big impact on everyone . With all the people here, everyone was impacted in a totally different way," says Daelin.

His memory and legacy will certainly live on with those who attended.

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