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Dr Anwar Ameen Al-Mudamgha
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1936
Baghdad, Iraq
Death: Feb. 17, 2013
Onondaga County
New York, USA

A memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Anwar Al-Mudamgha, who passed away on February 17, 2013, will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Onondaga Community College, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY. This event at OCC is at The Gordon Student Center in "The Great Room." Reserved parking is in Parking Lot #7. Dr. Al-Mudamgha taught at OCC for 42 years as a Professor of Sociology.

Published in Syracuse Post Standard from March 2 to March 3, 2013


Dr. Anwar Ameen Al-Mudamgha, 76, of Jamesville, passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 17, 2013, at home, surrounded by his loving family, after an extended illness.He was born July 15, 1936 in Baghdad, Iraq, one of eight children. He was the son of the late Ameen Al-Mudamgha and Fatima Al-Nassarallah.He was an accomplished scholar of Sociology receiving national recognition for achievement in his native Iraq. Early in his career he studied abroad in Moscow, Russia, and in Maryland, before immigrating to Syracuse, in 1964, where he earned a scholarship to Syracuse University. He earned a master's degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Sociology in 1971 and contributed to the Sociology of Knowledge, a unique branch of the science.He enjoyed a 42-year teaching career at Onondaga Community College, where he enriched the minds of thousands of students during their journey for academic excellence, and contributed to their thirst for knowledge. He had an ability to relate to students both inside and outside the classroom providing support for academic achievement and productive lives. In 1993, the State University of New York recognized his long-standing contribution to education and unwavering defense of the highest academic standards by conferring upon him the noted Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.In addition to his local academic achievements, Dr. Al-Mudamgha, contributed to scholarly research and teaching opportunities in Libya, where he researched the sociological impact of modernization. He also taught in the United Arab Emirates for two years, where he studied immigration and crime in the Middle East. His teaching and studies at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, included the Sociology of Marriage, and most recently in 2008, where he did research at the great library in Alexandria, Egypt, to develop a new academic course on Middle Eastern Sociology.He was civically active as Chair of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and made improved Western and Arab cultural understanding a way of life. Being a "man for all seasons," he enjoyed a lifetime of productive friendships with people of all faiths and backgrounds, and was unceasing in his promotion of tolerance and open-mindedness.Everyone who was blessed to enjoy his company will fondly recall his sense of humor, appreciation for a good joke, and the zest for life that he brought to any gathering.He considered his greatest joy and accomplishment the love and celebration of the life he shared with his wife of 51 years, Balkis, his three loving children and his seven wonderful grandchildren.Dr. Anwar Al-Mudamgha leaves to mourn his passing, cherish his memory, and celebrate his life, his loving wife, Balkis (Al-Siaidi) Al-Mudamgha; three children, Areej Nitowski (her husband Albert Nitowski, sons, Amir, 14 and Ali, 13) of Cromwell, CT; Dr. Ali Al-Mudamgha (his wife, Betsy Porter, sons Rami, 7, Laith, 4, daughter, Layla, 2) of Jamesville, NY; May Hatem (her husband Michael Hatem, daughters, Michaela, 17, and Gabrielle, 15) of Windham, NH; He is also survived by extensive family across the U.S. and in the Middle East.A memorial service celebrating Dr. Al-Mudamgha's life will be held on March 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Onondaga Community College.Donations may be sent to the Islamic Society of Central New York, 925 Comstock Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Published in Syracuse Post Standard from February 19 to February 24, 2013 
Cemetery of the Islamic Society of Central NY
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 82A, Lot 21
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Record added: Jul 28, 2013
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Thank you for your service to the community. Rest in peace, Sir!
- Frank K.
 Added: Jul. 28, 2013

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