OBITUARY

Kweku Arku Garbrah

December 22, 1937October 2, 2014

Kweku Arku Garbrah, Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies, passed away Oct. 2, 2014. He was born Dec. 22 1937, in Cape Coast, Ghana. He was the son of Charles Brookman Garbrah and Efuwa Gyimah Garbrah. He had 5 siblings who have all pre-deceased him.

He attended Mfantsipim school and then won a scholarship to read Classics at the University of Ghana, Legon, earning an external B.A. at the University of London. He went on to earn his B. Litt. at Oxford and Ph.D. at the University of Cologne. While completing his doctoral work, Garbrah taught at several American Universities, including UT Austin and UCLA. He taught at the University of Alberta, Edmonton from 1968, rising through the ranks and leaving in 1990 as Professor to take a Visiting Professorship and then a Professorship at the University of Michigan, where he taught for twenty-five years.

Outside the Department, Professor Garbrah was a treasured friend to the African diaspora community at the University of Michigan.

A respected colleague, devoted friend and beloved father and grandfather Professor Garbrah is survived by his two daughters, Aba and Efuwa, his son, Kofi, his son’s wife and two grandchildren.

For more info see also: https://record.umich.edu/articles/obituary-kweku-arku-garbrah.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 7, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 7, 2014
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Kweku Arku Garbrah

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Anita Liss-Ellis

November 7, 2014

I work at the Post Office at 1214 S. University. Kweku was a favorite customer of mine. My last conversation with him was when he came in and was using a cane and wearing a neck brace, and he made a comment to me about my look of concern. He told me that he would rather be greeted by a smile instead.

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