Paul Bai Akridge
July 15, 1952 – October 13, 2020
Dr. Paul “Bai” Dana Akridge, loving husband, father and friend passed on Oct. 13th, 2020 in Falls Church Virginia at the age of 68. Bai is survived by his wife and best friend, Carrie Johnson Akridge; his three children Edward Mbai Kuria (wife: Nyambura) and Anike (husband: Isaka), and Akili Akridge; three grandchildren Trevor and Albert Kimani Mbai and Asila Kiroya. He is also survived by his elder brothers Gregory and Drew Akridge and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is predeceased by his mother Lois McCrary Akridge and his father Andrew Akridge.
Bai was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 15, 1952. He graduated from Bowen High school in 1970, and went on to earn an undergraduate degree from DePauw, a Masters’ in Public Policy and Public Administration and a PhD in Political Science from University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Certificate in Business Administration from The Wharton School. Over his dynamic 40-year career he worked in higher education, government relations, International education, and corporate supplier diversity programing. Bai enjoyed spending time with friends and family, swimming, international travel, reading and was actively involved at church. He loved mentoring young people and was a father figure to many. Due to the Covid pandemic, the family will have private memorial service. Bai’s ashes will be scattered in the Atlantic Ocean. With God’s blessings, a large, joyous celebration will be planned in the next year, 2021 when it is safe to do so. Invitations will be shared prior. In lieu of flowers, for those so inclined, the family wishes to continue Bai’s commitment to addressing poverty and hunger, particularly in the face of the pandemic by donating to non-profit organizations that advance this cause, such as Jusst Sooup Ministry. This ministry, run by good friends of Bai and Carrie, serves 1,000 quarts of soup a week to feed the hungry and homeless in Delaware.
The family is grateful for the dedication of the Virginia Cancer Specialists team and specifically to Nurse Maurey Wilcox and Dr. Alexander Spira while undergoing a clinical trial and Dr. Aditiya Kasarabada and Dr. Bhakti Hansoti for their support and divine timing. The family thanks you for your expressions of love and condolences and continues to be uplifted by your care. See Video tribute of his life here For more information and to donate to Jusst Sooup click here http://www.jusstsooup.org/donate/ See link to the video tribute here https://bit.ly/3oaIREj
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Paul Bai Akridge
October 23, 2020
Dear Carrie and family,
I was extremely fond of Bai and Carrie. I always felt like we were family. Now, I feel like I have lost a very special family member. I was always anxious to know how Bai was doing every time he went to the doctor. Carrie, you were always good enough to call me and keep me updated. Then, I was able to relax.
Bai was also a great mentor to my granddaughter Sakari. He never knew how much she was impressed by him. I got a lump in my throat when I tried to tell him how grateful I was.
October 23, 2020
Bai was always looking for ways to make people smile! We were setting up the backyard for a BBQ at Mr. Louis James' Beach house. It was overcast while we were outside. As we put the tables in place, the clouds receded and the sun started to shine bright! He said, "See how the sun is showing up because of me!" I said, "It's coming out for me too! We both had a chuckle over it.
He was always gracious and welcoming.