A wonderful man…Doug Anthony

If you want to know the measure of a man and the extent of his legacy, simply look at his kids. Doug Anthony was a wonderful man, and if you ever have the chance of knowing his terrific kids, you would know how impressive his legacy will be.

After hearing of Doug’s passing, I spoke to a few of the UFRSD BOE and staff members. EVERY single person had the same comments, “Doug was such a nice and kind man.” or “He was always so positive; I never heard him say a bad thing about anyone.” These were almost the exact words from EVERY person, and they were so very true.

I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Doug over the past 12 years as a parent and BOE member for many of them. Through Doug, I got to know his wonderful wife, Angela, and outstanding kids. NEVER was an opportunity missed by Doug to ask me about my kids, give me a word of encouragement or to see if there was anything he could do for me. He was genuine at every moment of these conversations. I always knew that Doug cared about these interactions and that he wanted the best for me…. for everyone he came into contact with.

As a UFRSD BOE member, I always found Doug pragmatic, calm, and passionate about our district. In fact, all of the UFRSD administrators feel this way about Doug. When he had a comment, a question, or praise for someone, it was always well thought out and backed with reason and sensibility. He sat on a BOE that built a middle school, initiated 1 to 1 Chromebooks, managed a statewide financial crisis, and helped to transform programs and opportunities for kids over, probably, the most transformational period in district history. He was a great BOE member.

I can only imagine what Doug’s family is going through right now. I hope they know that they have an entire district and community, one that Doug was so deeply involved in,  here to support them in any way that they need. They should also know that Doug’s influence will continue to be present in our district for many years to come; through his actions he continues to make an impact on the lives of kids.

I hope that when my life is measured by others that they will look at my kids and see what I see in Doug’s kids….the influence of a wonderful man, respected and admired by everyone.