Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after he heard of the passing of Dr. Nohad Toulan and Mrs. Dirce Toulan in a car crash yesterday in Uruguay.
“I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of Dr. Nohad Toulan and Mrs. Dirce Toulan in a car crash yesterday in Uruguay. I had the privilege of knowing this wonderful couple for a long time. Dr. Toulan contributed an enormous amount to our community as Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, as a long time board member of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, and as a leader in the Portland Muslim community. In addition to being an acclaimed architect planner, Dirce was one of the warmest and gracious human beings I’ve ever known. They will be deeply missed. Mary and I are holding their family in our thoughts and prayers.”