Mar 30, 2019 at 04:05 PM

Obituary For Teshome G. Wagaw

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Obituary For Teshome G. Wagaw :-

Professor Teshome Gebremichael Wagaw, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away with his family at his side on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. He was 89 years old.

Born January 1, 1930, in Debre Tabor, Ethiopia, he was the eldest son of Wagaw Gebremichael and Tirunesh Kassahun. In November 1967, Teshome married the love of his life Tsehai Wolde-Tsadik.

Dr. Wagaw is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Tsehai Wolde-Tsadik; their three children, son, Menelik Wagaw, daughters, Fikirte Wagaw and Dr. Seble Wagaw; one brother, Walelign Wagaw; one sister, Kassaye Wagaw; and three grandchildren, Ian Fickes-Wagaw, Maya Fickes-Wagaw and Samson Wagaw-Haile. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Alemnesh Wagaw and Etenat Wagaw; and one brother, Berhanu Wagaw.

He received his B.A. degree at Avondale College, New South Wales, Australia, and his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park. A global scholar, he traveled and worked around the world. He authored four books and numerous articles and chapters. He retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Michigan where he worked for 28 years as a professor of Education and a professor of Afro-American and African American Studies. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of University of Maryland, Howard University, Michigan State University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was faculty of the former Haile Selassie I University as professor, psychology department chair and as dean for eight years. He is the recipient of many honors and awards from different organizations and centers of excellence.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Nie Family Funeral Home, 2400 Carpenter Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. There will be visitation from 10:00 am until the time of the service, and interment will follow at Arborcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ethiopian American Foundation (EAF). Checks may be made to EAF and addressed to Professor Asrat Tessema, Treasurer, Ethiopian American Foundation, 7980 Brampton Drive, Canton, MI, 48187.  

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