Diné College mourns loss of longtime faculty member

Dr. Emmanuel K. Agbolosoo

Dr. Emmanuel K. Agbolosoo

TSAILE -Diné College express deep sadness at the passing of longtime esteemed faculty member, Dr. Emmanuel K. Agbolosoo. Heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Agbolosoo's family, students, colleagues and friends.

"As a college we feel a tremendous loss. Dr. Agbolosoo's conversations, long handshakes and humor will be missed. Our prayers are with his family at this difficult time," said Ferlin Clark, President of Diné College.

College personnel and friends were unable to make contact with the 69 year-old Agbolosoo after determining that he did not arrive to administer scheduled course finals on Tuesday.

College police, staff, faculty and students mobilized in an effort to locate him and his vehicle. Navajo Nation Police reported to the college that the vehicle Agbolosoo was driving, along with his body, were located Wednesday morning. It is believed he succumbed to exposure; however, no additional details were available as of press time.

Dr. Emmanuel Kwami Agbolosoo was born on Nov. 5, 1938 in the fishing village called Kedzi (three miles from the town of Keta) in the Volta Region of Ghana, Africa. He entered the Evangelical Presbyterian Teachers Training College at Amedzofe in 1957, majoring in theology and music. He graduated in 1962 with a teacher's certificate and taught at the Keta A. M. E. Zion School for four years, and went on to do a one year science specialist course at the Akropong-Akwapim Teachers Training College in 1966. Later he taught science and mathematics at the Akatsi Teachers Training College.

In 1969, Dr. Agbolosoo was admitted to the University of Ghana, Legon, where he obtained a B.S. (Honors) Economics degree in June, 1972. He worked for the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board as a research officer for three years. Dr. Agbolosoo studied at Pennsylvania State University in graduate studies in 1975. He eventually obtained a master's degree in economics at the University of Arizona in 1979. In 1986 he came to Diné College to teach economics and political science. It was at Diné College that he completed his dissertation. He earned his Ph.D. in 1991.

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