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Students and Faculty Remember MSSU Dean Dr. Al Cade

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Pat Lipira flips through photos of Dr. Cade who recently lost his longtime battle with bone marrow cancer.

She says they were like two peas in a pod.

“Everything, we had so many similar experiences."

They both went to Northwest Missouri State. Their paths crossed again when they both coached at Missouri Southern, and eventually were both Co-Deans. The Bearcat buddies also shared something else.

“This is Al and I look. This is our cancer survivor walk,” says Lipira, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

She hopes his legacy of service to the school and the community will live on.

“He was gentle, kind, trustworthy, honest, genuine, humble, but i think his legacy actually...he was a man with a servant's heart,” says Lipira.

Dr. Lipira says Dr. Cade was a man of his words, he talked the walk, and led by example.

He never failed to stop, talk, stay something positive and encouraging. Ask how your classes were going. If there was anything he could do to help his door was always open.  I don't know how he ever got to a class on time because he took the time to stop and talk to everyone that he met along the way.

Lisa Sweet was a former student and says her student teaching seminar under Dr. Cade made her a better teacher.

“And I remember the day that my assignments came out. Dr. cade was standing here. And we were all gathered at the board. And he took the time to congratulate each one of us for having made such an accomplishment.  Because, you know, let's face it. school is hard. And we had worked really hard to get to where we were,” says Sweet.

In his final days Dr. Cade's humble spirit didn't waiver.  

“I asked Al, just a week ago. I saw Al, and I said ‘how are you doing mentally? ‘cause I know physically you're in a lot of pain. But how are you doing mentally?'

He says 'Pat, I get up every morning and I pray and I think somebody out there has it worse than me.' And wow it was never about Al, never about Al, and now should be all about Al."

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