Helmi Habib
1934 - 2020
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Helmi Habib
Helmi Habib died August 30, 2020 of congestive heart failure. He was born in 1934 to Shafik and Helene (Chachati) Habib in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Helmi attended The English School in Cairo receiving his General Certificate of Education from the University of London in 1951. He attended Cairo University for one year. He came to the U.S. in 1953 to gain an education after the Cairo University was closed down when Egyptians were trying to overcome the British occupation. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Walla Walla College, a Masters from the University of Idaho, and a PhD in Chemistry from Washington State University in 1964. Helmi was hired at Central Washington State College in 1964, from which he retired in 1995 as an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry. He gained his US citizenship in May 1965. While at Central, he served as the Chemistry Department Chairman, Chairman of the Faculty Senate, taught in the Honors Program as well as the Physics Department, was the Director of Academic Advising for 13 years and was a consultant to the United States Testing Company in Hanford for five years.
He met Beth, his wife of 59 years at Washington State University. They were married in 1961 in Ogden, Utah, and returned to Pullman where he finished his doctorate degree. They moved to Ellensburg in 1964 where they raised their two sons.
In the past 50 years he has been affiliated with the Lions, Moose, Elks, and Kiwanis Clubs.
Following his retirement, he and Beth traveled extensively and spent many pleasant days at their time-share in Hawaii and at their cabin on Discovery Bay where he developed long standing friendships. His enjoyment came from his family, classical music, reading, golf, and friends. He was extremely proud of the accomplishments of his two sons Brian and Dennis, their wives and his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three older sisters. He is survived by his wife, his two sons, their wives and six grandchildren - Brian (Shannon) Kaitlin, Cole, MacKenzie, and Olivia; and Dennis (Michelle) Sarah and Emily.
Our deepest appreciation to his doctors, the KVH staff, Hospice and Hospice friends for their support.
Cremation will be arranged by Brookside Funeral Home. According to his wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial services. Online condolences may be left at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

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Published in Daily Record on Sep. 5, 2020.
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October 19, 2020
Mr. Habib was lovely person, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Tamara Lewis
October 4, 2020
Dear Beth, Bryan, Dennis and families,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Helmi was a wonderful man and we know he will be missed greatly. Love and God Bless
Gaye and Jerry Wood
September 28, 2020
Dr. Habib was one of my favorite professors at Central. He took the time to help me, in my studies, with words of encouragement and wisdom.

Tom Wickerath
CWU class of ‘82
BS Chemistry
Tom Wickerath
September 27, 2020
Beth, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.
Celia L Winingham
September 24, 2020
Beth I’m so sorry to hear. You know he was my very favorite. My heart breaks for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss seeing him very much. Sending you much love
September 6, 2020
Beth and family, I am so saddened by the news of Helmi's passing. I always enjoyed seeing the both of you on the golf course and around town. He will be missed. The biggest of heart felt hugs to you all.
Karen Lipsky Mather
September 6, 2020
It was an honor to know Helmi. I will always remember his laughter and enjoyment of life. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with his family, of whom he was very proud.
Penny Westerfield
September 5, 2020
While I did not know Helmi Habib, he sounds like he was an incredible human being and someone I would have enjoyed knowing. So sorry for your loss.
Grace Moynihan
September 2, 2020
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories
and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
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