Daniel Matthew Blaeuer, Ph.D, 40, Professor at Florida International University, died on July 24, 2018, in Miami after a ten month battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Miranda McManus Blaeuer, and two children, Amelia, aged 10, and Gideon, aged 7. Dr. Blaeuer is also survived by his twin brother, Joseph, his sister, Maria, and his parents, Douglas and Virginia Blaeuer.
Dr. Blaeuer earned his bachelor's degree from James Madison University and his Master's and PhD in Communication from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Daniel's interest in an academic career began with his first visit to a debate team meeting at James Madison University; an invitation he accepted to avoid his freshman year dormitory roommate. Debates about and commitments to social justice, environmental causes, and human rights continued to center his work in the classroom and in his scholarship.
Daniel's doctoral dissertation extended concepts developed by anthropologist Gregory Bateson. Like Bateson, Daniel's relationship to his daughter provided insight into human communication and dialogue. Daniel was Amelia's primary caretaker for two years and lessons from that relationship were central to his dissertation's commitment to inviting others to learn together.
At FIU, Daniel revitalized the debate program, taking the team to national and international debate competitions. He was a valued mentor and favorite professor to students now pursing their own academic careers. Daniel collaborated on publications and projects involving social and ecological justice, the World Cafe, and philanthropy for life. His work on ecological justice in the Everglades was funded by the Kettering Foundation. Daniel approached his scholarship and teaching with humility, curiosity, and respect, extending a warm smile and an open heart to all he met.
Daniel's kindness, compassion, and commitment to human potential and dignity were most evident in his role as father to Amelia and Gideon. Always available for play and laughter, for comfort and care, Daniel's life blossomed and grew in his unbounded love for his children. The loss of this love is beyond measure.
Daniel greeted the world with open arms, and we all basked in his ever present warmth and affection for the world. For Daniel, all was "awesome." For us, his memory will be the same.
A memorial service will be held for Daniel on Saturday July 28, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, at Stanfill Funeral Home. A reception will be held immediately after at a private location.