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Farouk Abdel Wahab Musatafa, 70, passed away in the early morning of April 3, 2013, following a brief illness. He was born in Tanta, Egypt, and was educated at the University of Cairo, completing his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. From 1975 he taught Arabic language and literature at the University of Chicago, most recently as the Ibn Rushd Professorial Lecturer of Arabic; he was the mainstay of the Arabic program at the U of C and the beloved teacher of generations of students. He was also a proud citizen of the US and resident of Chicago, and a longtime member of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. He is survived by his son, Alaa Bendary, of St. Louis; by his wife, Kay Heikkinen, of Chicago; by his sister Suheir, his brother Safa, and many cherished nieces and nephews in Cairo; and by his beloved colleagues and students at the U of C. The funeral prayer will be given after the noon prayer, Sunday, April 7, at the Muslim Community Center (after 1 pm), with burial following at Rosehill Cemetery. May God have mercy on Farouk and bless him and give him peace.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Apr. 6, 2013
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