Dr. Hanna KASSIS

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Dr. Hanna KASSIS April 5th 1932 - April 3rd 2018

Dr. Hanna Kassis was born in Gaza, Palestine. He earned his B.A. at the American University of Beirut, and his PhD at Harvard University. In 1964 he began a 33 year teaching career at UBC in the Department of Religious Studies. He was revered by students and colleagues for his warmth, inspiring teaching and profound knowledge. He had a particular passion for connecting people of different faiths and backgrounds.

He died peacefully with his loving wife Anne, daughter Magdalena, and son Omar at his side. He is survived by a large extended family who loved him dearly.

Heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful and caring staff at Point Grey Private Hospital, where he spent the last 2 years of his life.

Funeral service will be held at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, corner of Burrard and Georgia Streets, Vancouver, Tuesday April 10th, 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant House Vancouver or Doctors Without Borders.


Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Apr. 7, 2018
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