Said Ghabrial
1939 - 2018
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GHABRIAL Said A., 79, husband of Karlin Upton Ghabrial, died Nov. 26, 2018, at the UK Medical Center. Born Oct. 1, 1939, in Cairo, Egypt, he was the son of the late Amin Ghabrial Mansour and Ansaf Ghabrial. He was a Professor of Plant Pathology with the University of Kentucky. Survivors other than his wife include a son, Amin (Alondra) Ghabrial; two daughters, Leila (Ronan) O'Carra and Nadia (Micah) North; a sister, Hoda Banoub; a brother, Fouad Ghabrial; six grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Fri., Nov. 30, at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, 180 E. Maxwell St., Lexington, KY 40508 by Rev. Matt Falco.

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Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Nov. 29, 2018.
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November 23, 2019
Uncle Said, Its unbelievable you have been gone for a whole year, but you never left our hearts. Your love & the memories we shared will forever keep us close, until we meet again in heaven. WE miss you very much

Amal Bassilios
December 10, 2018
The plant virology community has lost a kind and thoughtful man, and a great contributor to the field.
W. Allen Miller
December 3, 2018
Uncle Said,
You were the Beacon of our family,there are no words to express what a great void you left in our lives & our hearts. we wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for your love & encouragement. You will forever live in our hearts. I LOVE YOU & MISS YOU SOOO MUCH...please pray for us until we meet again.

Amal Bassilios
December 3, 2018
Amal Bassilios
December 2, 2018
Dear Karlin and family,
as you know in 2000, Gabe did a sabbatical in Andy Jackson's lab at UC-Berkeley, where I was a postdoctoral scholar. Before returning to the University of Kentucky he recommended that I apply for a tenure-track virologist position in the Plant Pathology Department that had opened upon the retirement of Dr. Tom Pirone. I followed his advice, and the rest is all that has happened since our arrival in Lexington. In addition to science, we had a great many conversations about family, which he cherished above all else. His gracious demeanor, and ever-present smile, will be missed by all. Together with Angelika, Sophia, and Joshua, I wish to express our deepest condolences, and to let you know that Gabe will forever be in your hearts.
Michael Goodin
December 1, 2018
So sorry to learn that Gabe has passed away. It was a privilege having known him. He was an insightful and gentle person, good friend and a valued colleague. I much cherished our lunch time discussions in the department when I was on sabbatical at UK. My deepest sympathies to all his family.
Ralf Dietzgen
November 30, 2018
Dr. Ghabrial, thank you for your Life Journey story, what an impressive passion and attitude to life and profession! Truly sorry for your passing away.
Kai Xu
November 30, 2018
I am very sad to hear Dr. Ghabrial has passed away. I was a postdoc in his lab and he helped me a lot, not only with my research, but also with my living in US. I respected him and missed him very much. I am a professor in Northwest A&F university in China. I am trying my best to train and help my students, like Dr. Ghabrial had trained and helped me.

Tianyong Zhao
November 30, 2018
I am so sad to hear of the passing of Said and I want to offer you my deepest condolences. I have many fond memories and I always looked forward to chatting with Said at ASV meetings, and this for many years. We both had hearing issues and I remember us meandering through noisy meeting sites to find a quieter corner where we could discuss. We talked many times of collaborating on comovirus projects and although it did not materialize, it was always fun to think about. More recently, I had the pleasure of working with him on the ICTV executive committee from 2012 to 2014. It was also during those ICTV meetings that I also got to know you. I cant believe that he is gone. I have lost a friend and a colleague and the scientific community has lost a leader and mentor.

Helene Sanfacon
November 30, 2018
Very sorry to hear Dr. Ghabrial's passing. I took his Virology class in the first year of graduate school. A wonderful professor, always willing to help with a big smile. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

Caroline Machado, New Albany, IN
November 30, 2018
Dr. Ghabrial was always warm and welcoming. He always had a smile on his face. He just shared me an article he published 3 weeks ago and now I still cant believe he passed away. I am sure I will be missing him. There is a message from Taiwan that Dr. Chung-Chi Hu is sorry to learn this sad news and he want to convey his sincere condolences to the Ghabrial family.
Cheng-Yu Wu
November 30, 2018
Said was not only a scientific giant, but also a kind and generous man. He was so welcoming to me when I first arrived in the department, and he was a wonderful and supportive colleague to all throughout his long and successful career. I will miss him very much. My deepest condolences to his family.
Lisa Vaillancourt
November 29, 2018
Oh, Karlin, we have such fond memories of you and Said. He was a really great guy and will be missed.
Mary Ann Sall and Robert Shepherd
Robert Shepherd
November 29, 2018
Gabe was a valued member of the virology community and a very decent person. I will miss him.
Jeremy Bruenn
November 29, 2018
Said was both an internationally respected scientist, and a gracious and gentle man. What a wonderful model he was for us in his orbit! Isn't it so human to not realize how special someone is until they are gone? I always liked and admired him, but today, I realize how wonderful he was as a colleague and fellow department member.
Paul Vincelli
November 29, 2018
I am so sorry to learn of Gabe's passing, as are all of the department and others in the university who knew him. Gabe was an immensely important and deeply loved member of our faculty and our department community. He always prioritized his mentoring and educational missions, and trained many excellent scientists. He served as an outstanding mentor to me when I started here, and likewise to other new faculty in the department. He and Karlin have always been most warm and welcoming.
Chris Schardl
November 29, 2018
Dear Karlin, I am so sad, my heart hurts for you and your children. I cherish the happy memories of our "young" years. I can hear Said now, and see his smile. I see him driving back and forth to the lab every day..... Said was a good man.
You, Amin, Leila, and Nadia are close in my heart today.
Judith Gariepy
November 28, 2018
Dear Family
We are deeply sadennen by the loss of Gabe, a gentleman, a friend and a brilliant scientist.
Benny Raccah
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