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DR. ABDEL-HAMID ZAKI September 4th, 1938 - November 28th, 2012 Dr. Zaki was known to his family and friends as Hamada. He was born on Sept. 4, 1938 to Ibrahim Zaki and Sorayah Ismail in Alexandria, Egypt. He is survived by Louise, his loving wife of 48 years and by his children, Salwa, Sherif and Amir, their spouses and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Ismail, and sisters, Laila and Nadia. Preceding him in death are his brothers Ibrahim, Adel, Khalid and sister Nanny. Hamada earned his BS and MS from the University of Alexandria, Egypt. He earned his PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota in 1964. It was at the University of Minnesota that he met Louise. After a 4 year courtship, they were married in 1964. Hamada and Louise returned to Egypt where he taught at the University of Ain Shams in Cairo. Their first two children, Salwa and Sherif, were born in Cairo. They moved to California in 1969. Dr. Zaki was a research scientist in the Plant Pathology Department at UC Riverside for 15 years. It was at UCR that he and his colleagues spent lunch hours playing tennis and he became an avid competitor. Following his tenure at UCR, he taught math and science at Beaumont High School until his retirement in 1999. Dr. Zaki continued to serve the youth of our community as a substitute teacher until this past spring. Throughout his life, Hamada truly enjoyed lively philosophical discussions with family and close friends. He lived a very active life and was a spirited competitor. Tennis and chess were among his favorites. During the last several years, his attention turned to introspective philosophical writings. His friends and family will remember him for his genuine warmth, his generosity of spirit, and his unwavering love and support. His open heart and willingness to engage in meaningful conversations will be deeply missed. Services for Hamada Zaki will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 @ 10:00 AM. Weaver Mortuary, 1177 Beaumont Ave., Beaumont CA 92223. 951 845-1141.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 30, 2012
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