Longtime BYU religion professor Guy Dorius, 61, died on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. He is remembered by many students and faculty as a life-changing professor and friend.
Alex Baugh, chair of the BYU Department of Church History and Doctrine, expressed his condolences in a statement.
“Brother Dorius was a long-time faculty member of the Department of Church History and Doctrine here at BYU where he served for 26 years. He taught thousands of students over the years and specialized in teaching courses on the Eternal Family (REL C 200) and the Doctrine and Covenants (REL C 324 and 325). He was a master teacher. He will be sorely missed,” Baugh said.
Baugh added that Dorius was a friend to many student athletes. Members of the BYU football program remembered Dorius in a video they posted online.
BYU student Steven Miller expressed that although he only had one class taught by Dorius, he was impacted by his teachings. “As a member for my whole life, I usually don’t expect to learn a ton of new stuff from religious classes, but he taught me something new quite often,” Miller said.
Religion professor Hank Smith broke the news that Dorius had died on Twitter. “The BYU Religion Department has lost a dear professor. Dr. Guy Dorius passed away today. He was beloved by students, faculty, and staff. A fantastic man and kind friend,” Smith’s Tweet reads.
Many former students commented on his tweet.
Former BYU student student Adam Zimmerman commented on Smith’s Twitter post. “I took his Book of Mormon classes. I did truly appreciate him. Thank you for sharing the news. Comforting to realize Brother Dorius probably got right to work teaching the Gospel in the Spirit World,” Zimmerman said.
Dorius was born in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in fuels engineering. He later attended Brigham Young University and received a master’s degree in education administration and a doctorate in family studies. He is survived by his wife, Vicki, and their seven children. More information can be found in his obituary.