Ezzat Abouleish passed away suddenly in the early hours of February 20, 2014.
Dr. Ezzat Ibrahim Abouleish was a true renaissance man -- artist, author, philosopher, scientist, physician -- as well as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather -- but more importantly a great friend to all. Dr. Abouleish was a Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Obstetrics at University of Texas Medical School of Houston and prior to that a Professor of Anesthesiology at University of Pittsburgh. He was a lifelong writer and philosopher, but it was after his retirement that Ezzat began his second life -- art and calligraphy.
In all his life, Ezzat's compassion for his fellow man and woman was evident. From being integral in making obstretric anesthesia safe for the laboring woman (every time a woman has a successful epidural analgesia, remember Dr. Abouleish!), to advocating for peace and understanding among all people, to sharing his art and calligraphy with the world, and his love of God (a true servant of God), Ezzat touched many lives with love and humor.
Ezzat truly made this world more beautiful, fun, and happy.
He will be missed by his many friends, colleagues, and his family. He is survived by his wife, Atiya Abouleish of Clear Lake City, Texas; his children and their spouses: Hassan and Yvette Abouleish of Houlton, Maine; Amr Abouleish and Lamia Elerian-Abouleish of Clear Lake City, Texas; Reda and John Lyle of Sandbanks, England; his 8 grandchildren: Sharif, Ashir, Malik, Logan, and Amira of Houlton, Maine; and Kareem, Ayman, and Sharif of Clear Lake City, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Clear Lake Islamic Center or Assistant League of Bay Area.
And take a moment today and smile when you think of Ezzat Abouleish and his beautiful rich life.