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Erie, Pa.

Matti Moosa, Ph.D., age 90, passed away on December 30, 2014.

A U.S. resident since 1960, he retired as a tenured Professor of History and Comparative Religions at Gannon University in Erie. A former native of Mosul, Iraq, and an American citizen since 1965, he held a law degree from the Baghdad Law School, Iraq, a United Nations Diploma of Merit from the University of Wales in Swansea, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Middle Eastern History and Culture from Columbia University in New York, N.Y.

Dr. Moosa was a respected professor, historian and author. The bulk of his professional achievements were the outstanding and impressive scholarly works authored and translated by him throughout his career, the last of which was published at the age of 90, in 2014. A proud and faithful member of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, into which he was born and raised, Matti was also ordained a full deacon.

Son of Ishaq and Dola Moosa of Mosul, Iraq, Dr. Moosa is survived by his loving and supportive wife of 61 years, Inge Jensen Moosa; sisters, Adeeba Moosa and Noha Edwin; brother, Adil (Araxy) Moosa; two sons and daughter: Hans H. (Doreen) Moosa M.D., of Belleville, Ill., Mark F. (Marlene) Moosa CPA, of Charlotte, N.C., Petra Moosa (John) Beck of Zelienople, Pa.; and eleven grandchildren.

He was predeceased by siblings, Fadila, Najeeba, Mary, Akram, and Hazim Moosa.

Scholarship and sharing his faith were his passions, which he pursued to the twilight of his life; he loved spending time with family and friends, intelligent discussions on politics, religion, and all matters of life, and enjoyed a peaceful life in the countryside of Edinboro, Pa.

In honor of Dr. Moosa's request, church services and private burial will be performed at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 10th, 2015, at St. Mark's Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, 260 Elm Avenue, Teaneck, NJ 07666. A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, January 31st, at 11:00 a.m., at McLane Church, 12511 Edinboro Road, in Edinboro, PA 16412; reception following. The family wishes, in lieu of flowers, that donations please be forwarded to the Syrian Relief Fund at www.SyrianOrthodoxChurch.org.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 11, 2015
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