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Ifeanyi Ume

Ifeanyi Charles Ume

Thursday, March 25th, 1954 - Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
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Obituary

Mr. Ifeanyi Ume, 64, of Atlanta, passed Tuesday, March 19th, 2019.

Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 3:00 pm at Saint Faith Anglican Church, 601 Denham Street, Riverdale, Georgia 30274.

Public Viewing will be held Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm,
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Saint Faith Anglican Church
    Address
    601 Denham Street
    Riverdale, Georgia 30274
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 3:00pm
    Location
    Saint Faith Anglican Church
    Address
    601 Denham Street
    Riverdale, Georgia 30274
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  • Interment

    Location
    Umuoru Village
    Address
    Nkwo Uga Road
    Uga Aquata LGA, Nigeria
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Dr. Dan-Udekwe, Emeka

Posted at 05:29am
My Obituary for Prof. Charles Umeagukwu (1951 – 2019) *
By Dr. Emeka Dan-Udekwe, CT. USA

My dear friend, Charles, it is with sadness that I finally acknowledge that you have
parted company with earth and departed to your everlasting abode. It has been painful
to write this obituary because I least expected your transition. Who is me and who are
we to expect otherwise; we have not the wherewithal to do any different. It is
therefore with sadness that I finally gathered myself to write this memorial in
remembrance of your sojourn on this earth.

I remember how we became friends and very close at Union Secondary School,
Awkunanaw, Enugu in 1967 as the cloud of Nigeria-Biafra civil war loomed over us with
impending death and destruction that would come with it. We were under the tutelage
of Principal J. C. S Kong-Doomahbey, who inspired us to go forth with good courage
and conquer the world with knowledge, perseverance and humility. Our school was
taken over by Eastern Nigeria returnees and soldiers and transformed into a reception
center shared by all, civilians and soldiers alike. Even at the time, we still thought that
war could be averted but things quickly spiraled downhill to conflict at the sorry sight
of death and suffering brought on Eastern Nigerians and ‘ndi Igbo’ in particularly by the
barbaric and senseless killing being brought on them by the rest of Nigeria. Our school
was shut down and all students were sent home, but a few of us, including you,
Charles, stayed on in the school dormitory thinking that it will be just a few weeks and
normalcy will return following the expectation of conciliation meetings being held all
over for example at Aburi, Ghana, and through other intermediaries. It was not to be.
** Please read my Obituary for Charles. I hope to pay Mr. Robinson Umeagukwu a visit once I arrive in Nigeria.


Most of the teachers left the school and went away to the safety of their native homes
and since there was no instruction going on anymore, a few of us started peer
teaching; the seniors (class five students) taught the juniors (class 4 students) for a
meagre stipend as we were still of the mindset that we had to be preparing for our
final year-end examinations, WAEC or GCE. It was at this point that I became your tutor
of mathematics, additional mathematics and physics and we shared everything
together: thought, food and board, and we became very close. War eventually arrived
at Enugu and our school and we dispersed. As providence would have it, we eventually
came back after the war to complete our secondary school education. With
determination, we completed secondary education and proceeded to third level
education. You left Nigeria for North Carolina, USA and I stayed in Nigeria to complete
mine. Whenever I came back for holidays, I visited your relations at Agbani Road to
inquire about you and through them, we kept in constant contact.

Dr. Umeagukwu completed his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at USC and
proceeded to become a renowned University Professor and Director of the Advanced
Electronic Packaging and Laser Processing Laboratory at Georgia Institute of
Technology. As expected, having come from the intellectual discipline infused in us by
Principal Kong-Doomahbey, he went on to stamp his imprint on Georgia Institute of
Technology with his research work and commitment to professional excellence in
Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics for generations to come. Dr. Umeagukwu
amassed over 140 academic publications, co-authored over 240-refereed publications,
11 patents, edited 11 books and supervised the research of 24 PhDs and 43 MS
students. Dr. Umeagukwu received awards both internationally and in Nigeria


including the Nigerian Order of Merit Award in science and technology, 2003 and was
elected into the Nigerian Academy of Sciences, 2006.

Charles lived for his work and excellence in whatever he did. He also had a clear sense
of integrity, sincerity and dedication to friends and family. He hated deceit of any kind
and insincerity in any one he loved and will go any length to make it known. He was a
dedicated father of his children and a committed husband. Charles earned whatever
he had and generously shared them with all as well. It is an immense loss to us, to
family and country that he never lived long enough to enjoy his impending retirement
and to impact more of his native home with his knowledge, dedication, discipline and
creativity.

Charles Ifeanyi Umeagukwu at the end chose how he wanted himself to be
remembered. He did not want to hang around once he figured out that his work was
done. He came as the meteor that flashes brightly across the night sky and before you
realized it, it has burned out.
May you now rest in perfect peace.



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HP

HT Poh

Posted at 06:11pm
R.I.P. Prof Ume. You will be living in your legacy forever.
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