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Amazis Samuel "Sam" Andrawis

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Amazis Samuel "Sam" Andrawis

AMAZIS SAMUEL "SAM" ANDRAWIS, 87, of Tallahassee, FL, passed away on October 26, 2016.

He was born in Khartoum, Sudan on July 15, 1929. He was married to Fawzia Habib Salama on August 4, 1963.

Amazis had multiple degrees including geology, chemistry, and hydrology from throughout the world, including Alexandria, Egypt and The United States. He received a Masters degree in Remote Sensing in Holland. He became fluent in numerous languages along the way. He published several papers and lectured and taught throughout the world.

Amazis was the vice president of the Geological Department of Sudan until he decided to move the family to the United States to give his children a better life in America. Once in the U.S., he was hired at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD as a professor in the Remote Sensing Department. He later went to work for the United Nations with the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) Department where he was stationed in Rome, Italy for 7 years. He would travel from Rome to Brookings, SD twice a year to visit the family. After Rome, he was transferred to Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa) along with his wife and the two youngest children, Andrew and Angela, while Vivian, Ehab and Amir were going to college in the U.S. They would travel to Liberia to visit during their winter and summer breaks. When it was no longer safe to keep his family there due to political unrest, he moved out of Liberia in 1990, moving to Sioux Falls, SD. There, he and Fawzia started a small business and also worked with Lutheran Social Services helping refugees until his retirement in 2002. He was quite involved with his community and was very generous with his time. After battling lymphoma and bladder cancer, he and his wife moved to be with their grandchildren and settled in Tallahassee, FL in 2009.

Amazis had an intense passion for photography. He opened a photo studio in Sudan, naming it "Studio Vina" after his oldest, Vivian. Also while working as a professor in Brookings, SD, he continued doing photography on the side, doing everything from portrait pictures to weddings.

He is survived by his wife Fawzia, daughter Vivian Sorial and her husband Armia Sorial and their children Sarah and Anthony, son Ehab Andrawis, son Amir Andrawis and his wife Mary Schneider, son Andrew Andrawis, and daughter Angela West and her husband Kyler West and their daughter Anastasia Irene. He is also survived by his siblings Helen, Victor, Iris, Alfred and Suzan. He was preceded in death by his bother Maurice and his parents Samuel and Anisa Andrawis

Funeral Services will be held at 1pm on Saturday October 29, 2016 at St. Mary and St. George Coptic Orthodox Church 4279 Bradfordville Rd, Tallahassee, FL with burial to follow at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park in Tallahassee.
Published in The Argus Leader on Oct. 29, 2016
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