Yeneneh Betru
Yeneneh Betru, 35, of Burbank, California, director of medical affairs with IPC.
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Published by The Press-Enterprise on Sep. 13, 2001.
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20 years have passes since our brother passed away so senselessly. He was the older brother of one of my closest friends, Aron. He was 10 years older then I but just a year prior we took a trip to Brazil for Carnaval 2000. We had a genuine blast. I’ll always remember him that way, joking and having fun. We are remembering you today and wishing we could have gotten to know you better over the last 20 years. Rest In Peace, brother.
Julio M Puma
September 11, 2020
I wonder what positive changes he could have brought to this world.
Mark Fidel
September 17, 2019
Thinking and praying for you always!!!
September 11, 2019
Sorry you died on board Flight 77. You deserved a longer life.
September 3, 2019
I worked with Yen at IPC, he was helpful and very nice. Before he left to take that trip he said I'm going to bring a book back to help you. We still miss you Yen. RIP
Malorie Garcia
September 11, 2018
Although, sadly, I never got the opportunity to meet you, I'd like to thank you. You introduced my parents to each other at Loyola Marymount. They've been married for 28 years now and have two kids; me (a freshman in high school) and my sister (a sophomore at the US Naval Academy). You greatly impacted my life, and without you, I wouldn't be here. You were an amazing man, Yeneneh. Rest easy
L. Baker
July 25, 2018
Remembering Yen - gentle, kind soul. Remembering waiting for you today at work as you traveled back from Washington DC.
Kathy Loya
September 11, 2017
I worked for IPC with Dr Betru through the insurance/billing department. After all this time and all these years, there is never a day that I don't forget what happened as if it were yesterday. I remember your smile and your laugher. I remember when you would always seem to sneak on the elevator with everyone on Friday night as we were going home for the weekend and you would push all of the buttons so the elevator would stop on every floor and how everyone would groan because we wanted out of there and we were on the top floor! You would just laugh. I loved your sense of humor and how you always had a kind smile to give someone. I remember all the good things you stood for and all the wonderful blessings you were trying to give to others before you were called home. You were a selfless man who was always thinking of what he could do for others and always what he could give of himself. I didn't get to know you well as others since I didn't work the insurances for your patients personally, but I was blessed to have gotten to meet you on numerous occasions and you always, always were a kind and gentle soul. I know Heaven is richer to have you but how unfortunate that our time with you on Earth was cut far too short and that the work you set out to complete was only just begun. May you continue to rest in peace and know we will never forget you. Jody
Jody Stanley
November 22, 2014
Diane Mania
September 11, 2013
I walked a mile for you (mile #294) on 6/17/13 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
July 13, 2013
To The Family,
September 11, 2001 is a painful memory. When innocent lives are lost for no reason we often wonder, " does anyone care?" I did not know Yeneneh Betru but I still would like to offer my sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one.

Mr. Terry of NC
September 17, 2012
my son and i are so sorry for your loss and our prayers too.
ilene and joshua
September 11, 2012
I am terribly sorry for you and your loved ones. R.I.P.
September 11, 2012
Andrea Munro
September 12, 2011
On this sad 10th year anniversary of losing a dear friend - Yeneneh, during your short presence in this earth you gave love, compassion, many smiles and hope to those that had the blessing to meet you. God bless your soul my friend.
CDR Alfredo Baker
September 11, 2011
Yeneneh, you ment so much to your family specially to your parents. They are not the same people that I know. May God open their eyes to see and start to enjoy the good memory that you had with them. God bless your soul.
Tsehai Hailu
July 1, 2010
September 11, 2009
Remember his smile and quirky laugh, his shy demeanor and kind eyes. We all miss him.
Sonny Lambert, Pasadena, ca
sahniah lambert
September 11, 2009
Dear Ones,

On this anniversary of Dr. Betru's passing I hope the gift of time has helped ease your pain. Be Blessed all
and Go with God.

Lisa Ramirez
September 11, 2009
I Cant Believe Its Been 8 years-since that terrible day- My Condolences to your Loved ones Who Miss you! I worked with your cousin at LAX when he had told me of your fate-8 years ago,May the Angel of God keep you by his side...Frank
September 10, 2009
My deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved Yen. I had the privilege to work with this wonderful person at USC. Nights were long and cold at times, but his smile could warm us all. He was a special and gentle person who has been missed.
Namaste Yen, RIP
Sonny Siciarz-Lambert
November 22, 2008
It's rainin' but there ain't a cloud in the sky
Musta been a tear from your eye
Everything'll be okay
Funny thought I felt a sweet summer breeze
Musta been you sighin' so deep
Don't worry we're gonna find a way

Remembering what we cannot forget:
September 11, 2001
Inner City Sports Little League
September 12, 2008
May your family live with the comfort of knowing others care and still keep you in prayer.
God Bless You~
Lisa Ramirez
September 11, 2008
To the family of Yeneneh Betru:
Yeneneh gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2008
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Doug Abraham
April 5, 2008
October 19, 2007
To The Betru Family

After seeing your picture on the internet and reading some of the letters that others have written - I could not let this opportunity go by without expressing sympathy. My prayers are with the Betru family.
R.B. Johnson
Reggie Johnson
October 19, 2007
In remembrance....
P Tabbernor
June 24, 2007
Brother, I have never met or heard about you until today,I knew all along that there were some Ethiopians who were victims of terrorism on 9/11,however i just found out today,that you were one of the victims.How in the world a Man like you and so many others could go away like that forever ?Brother,i'm so sorry,i really don't have any word to describe how sad i'm feeling right now.Besides,i share a child hood name with you and i'm only few years younger than you,so whenever i glanced at your picture,it just hurts me more and more.I really felt like i'm related to you,like you are my older Brother.Yen,Those terrorist hurt my brother before you accomplished your mission in Ethiopia.But don't worry about that Brother,i'm pretty sure by now God had already taken care off that for you.We are really proud of you brother,You have already paved the road for many,many more young,Dr,Yeneneh Ethiopians.I also wish that,you had the chance to marry the girl you had met back home,and have yeneneh Jr. with her.But only God is incharge of our lives ,and only he know what his plan is for each of us.As for me though,it is such a comfort to know that the Lord really loves you,and you are there with him in Glory.For ever and Ever,Amen.

I love you yen.
Endalkachew Abate
April 7, 2007
I know it has been almost 7 years. I just found this guest book when I am trying to find about dialsys for my father. Dr Yeneneh you are a HERO. I wish you are in live. your dream was Our dream People are dying stil because of Kidney failer with out help. if you were in life I know you would made a big differnce. GoD bless you and your familly

much love

March 18, 2007
I was Yeneneh's classmate at LMU. I remember him as a caring individual who's dream was to become a doctor and help others. I was so saddened to hear of his passing. He truly lived life to the fullest. I am so lucky to have known Yeneneh and I know I am not alone in that sentiment. I will always remember your beautiful smile.
God Bless and my condolences to the Betru family.
Donna Klauser, DDS, DABP
November 16, 2006
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
October 18, 2006
On this day my husband and I will remember a special person we had the honor of knowing at Loyola Marymount University in L.A. If one wanted to find Yeneneh, he could be found studying in the science lab or walking the halls of St. Robert's Science building. He consumed himself with his studies, but always managed to greet you with a big smile or a friendly hello. I am not surprised to read the wonderful comments about Yeneneh becoming a caring and compassionate doctor. His great smile and his kind heart will forever remain with my husband and I! You are gone, but your spirit remains with those who had the great pleasure of knowing you!
Two LMU Alumni
Debra Thruston
September 11, 2006
I will always remember your wonderful smile and kindness. I worked with Dr. Betu at LAC-USC Medical Center. What a wonderful doctor! I will always keep you in heart.
Pam Montion
September 11, 2006
I worked with Yen at IPC. He was a gentle soul - earnest, smart, caring, generous. He is missed. God bless you.
Kathleen Loya
September 10, 2006
Rest in peace
Teferi Mekonen
September 10, 2006
I came across news of Dr. Betru's death only today, and I am very deeply saddened. In 1999 he was the first Doctor to take my illness seriously, and he gathered the team that saved my life. Dr. Betru was a talented and dedicated physician; he and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Laurie Bean
July 6, 2006
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
June 9, 2006
yeneneh was a close family friend since i can remember
the thing that made it so hard to believe his death was he was at my house a month before.
all i have to say to others is appreciat those around you because they can be gone in an instant
♥mesaly neway
mesaly neway
April 18, 2006
I went to high school with Yen in Canon City, Colorado at the Abbey School. He was a kind, considerate young man. He was respectful of his elders, his peers and those younger students who looked up to him.

It is not surprising that he went on from high school to become a doctor. It is also not surprising that he was doing good, good work in his native country.

This world is far better off for having him in it and we are far worse off because he was taken from us.

Go with God, Yen. Your friend, Mark
Mark Fidel
September 10, 2005
Shannon (my wife who attended medical school and studied with Yen at the Law Library) and I had an opportunity to know and enjoy Yen's company on several occasions while living in Ann Arbor. What we remember and miss most about Yen was his sense of humor and caring nature. Our prayers and thoughts are always with his family when we think of the September 11th tragedy. May God continue to comfort you in your loss
Randall & Shannon Brown
September 11, 2003
September 11, 2003
go in peace
anne jones
September 10, 2003
September 9, 2003
Our prayers will continue for the family and friends of those lost on this terible day. May we honor Yeneneh by being the best we can and treat each other human on this planet as best as we can.

Much love from Texas.....
Del Newberry
July 23, 2003
I knew Dr. Betru by working with him at IPC, he would travel to our Phoenix office on occasion for business and he was the NICEST man and so very polite. Even though I was just a receptionist, he always treated me like I was just as important than anyone else. His loss is came as a shock and couldn't have happened to a better man, he had alot of GREAT qualities. I will deeply miss him and I know he is in a better place looking over everybody with his gartian angel wings.
Sheri Marrs
May 12, 2003
I'm sorry for your loss. You will always be in my prayers and in my heart.
Misty Cass
February 1, 2003
Dr. Betru cared after my now 93 year old grandmother five years ago. As my grandmother's health continued to worsen over the last few years, my mother has acted as a care taker dealing with many different Doctors, Specialist and insurance companies to insure my grandmother's quality of life. In doing so my mother has met many magnificant doctors and some that are so busy that they haven't be able to provide the proper care that my grandmother desirves. My grandmother's condition is now to the point where a series of strokes have taken her speech and possibly her sight. In her desperation, my mother went through an index of business cards of doctors looking for a doctor that had made such an impression on her. An intelligent, caring doctor who at such a young age had instilled a confidence within the people that crossed his path that they never forgot him. My mother called only to find out that this truly unique, gifted man had been taken from the world in such a horrible and senseless way. So we offer our condolence to everyone who has had the good fortune to be in this man's life. The world has lost a treasure in Dr. Betru, but his compassion will live on forever.
Perry Russo
January 28, 2003
god bless you at this time of the year
anne jones
December 23, 2002
May you rest in peace and have eternal life with the Lord.
All my prayers to the family of Yeneneh, and keep the faith, and know that he is with God our Father.
Love Debbie
Deborah Reed-Range
October 21, 2002
even though i don't know Dr. betru, I too, am from ethiopia, and i have lost one of my people, i am really angry and saddened by this loss. He really seemed a great person with big achievements who represented his country, and i love him for that. MAY god bless you DOC, and we won't forget you.

yonathan kidane
September 12, 2002
We will all miss you and you will be in our prayers. God Bless. Rest in Peace.
September 11, 2002
This morning, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, I had the privilege of participating in a worldwide choral performance of Mozart's Requiem to memorialize the victims of the tragedy one year ago today. Each of the more than 250 singers wore a heart badge bearing the name of a person who died in that attack.
I know that it was no accident that I received the badge with Yeneneh Betru's name on it. Before I knew anything about Dr. Betru, I was honored to sing for him. I am a New York-born Negro who understands the importance of selflessness; and after having learned of his background and achievements I am proud of Dr. Yeneneh Betru, though I never met him. May Almighty God comfort his family and grant them all the peace that surpasses understanding.
Kevin Gibson
September 11, 2002
Rest in Peace!!! I pray every day for the victims in the september 11th tradegy! GOD bless
Stephanie Churchill
September 10, 2002
In memory.
M Francois
September 9, 2002
I am sadden to learn even now that we have lost yet another intelligent gifted individual to such a horrible tragedy. "May God Bless!"
Timothy Thompson
September 6, 2002
I would just like to thank God for having been given the opportunity to cross the path of this wonderful man - Dr. betru- Boh my husband and I had gone to a medical convention in Phili just three months before this trajedy, and I was introduced to Dr. Betru by my husband. I had the honor of talking and laughing with this wonderful man! He lived life to the fullest, and acheived so much! I know Dr. Betru is in a beautiful place now! May GOD be with you Dr. Betru!

Nandini Rao
September 5, 2002
July 1, 2002
God Bless you! Rest in Peace!
Angie Campbell
April 18, 2002
1 mile was walked to honor the life of Yeneneh and all the family, friends and loved ones he left behind. May you find some comfort in knowing you do not grieve alone.

Yeneneh, you will never be forgotten, may you rest in peace.
Kathy Swaringen
March 23, 2002
To A Better World You Now Have Gone . . .
May The Music Of Peace Serve As Your Song . .
Although Your Life Was Taken In But A Moment's Glance . . .
Upon The Beautiful Clouds Of Heaven . . .
I Hope You Dance

Johanna Russell-Jakositz
March 12, 2002
With heartfelt symphty to the family of Dr.Betru,
Me and my family would like to express our regreats to such a tragic death of a young one.
Let's be comforted thou by the promising words of John 5:28-30,
"Do not marvel at this,because the time is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out...."
Michael W. Kebede
March 11, 2002
My deepest sympathies to the Betru Family. A young man just getting started in a career of helping others was cut down. His good and loving acts will not be forgotten. The Bible says that there will be peaceful conditions that will prevail worldwide as the prophet Isaiah prophecied in the book named for him at Isaiah 11:6-9 and Isaiah 2:4. It will be a great and wonderful time when this comes about. Again I am truly sorry for the loss of your loved one.

Take care of each other, Donna
Donna Ludy
February 14, 2002
Rest in Peace! May Our Lord bless you and your family. We will never forget.
K. Melaragni
January 25, 2002
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
January 12, 2002
I worked at St. Joseph's in 1998-1999 and saw Dr. Betru everywhere around the hospital on a daily basis. He was tireless, and a wonderful physician and great conversationalist. He would always take the time to listen with keen interest to my latest story about trying to make it in Hollywood. When I learned that he was a victim on the 11th, I knew that many people would feel his loss. He was a great person, and he will be missed. I am glad to see his dream continued and I rest easy knowing that he gave something to the world that no one can ever take away.
Keith Garsee
December 28, 2001
Dr. Yeneneh Betru 1 9 6 6 – 2 0 0 1 His Past…His Vision Dr. Yeneneh Betru, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, immigrated to the United States in 1982 with the dream of becoming a physician. His goal was a result of a promise he made to his grandmother to cure her of all that ailed an old woman. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and conducted his residency at LAC-USC Medical Center, and later became Director of Medical Affairs for IPC-The Hospitalist Company. His pioneering work helped train hundreds of physicians around the country in a new practice of medicine referred to as Hospitalist care. In June 1998, when his grandmother became ill, Dr. Betru flew to Ethiopia to aide her doctors. Due to a lack of equipment and supplies she passed away under his watch. “With poor facilities and absent equipment, the sick have little chance at survival”, he often said. With a sense of responsibility, Dr. Betru vowed to help enhance the condition of medical facilities in Ethiopia, and began the process of creating a Kidney Dialysis Clinic in Addis Ababa. In present day Ethiopia, given the lack of kidney dialysis machines, persons with kidney failure have little to no chance of survival. Investing his own time and money, Dr. Betru acquired half a dozen dialysis machines, solutions, and supplies. It was while Dr. Betru was working with the Ethiopian government to designate the proper location for the clinic, that the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 ended his dream on American Airlines Flight 77. It is a chilling irony that a man who was dedicated to enhancing human life was taken away by one of history’s worst acts of disregard for human life. Our Dream…Our Mission Although Dr. Betru’s vision was simple, it proved to be impossible within his lifetime. With the assistance of IPC-The Hospitalist Company, Consultants For Lung Disease, Salud Foundation, Operation USA, the Ethiopian government and countless others, his vision will become a reality. It was Dr. Betru that began the journey to help those less fortunate in Ethiopia, but it will be those whose lives he touched that shall complete the journey. His vision and our dream is to continue the creation of the Kidney Dialysis Clinic in Ethiopia. The most powerful response to the horrible acts that took Dr. Betru’s life, is to create a chance for a better life in his honor. Please help to make the vision of one man the dream of many. Make checks payable to the Salud Foundation** Mail to: IPC – The Hospitalist Company (Dr. Yeneneh Betru) 4605 Lankershim Blvd. Suite 617 North Hollywood, CA 91602 For more information call Beverly Lassanske at 818-753-6480 **A receipt will be sent acknowledging your tax-deductible contribution
October 2, 2001
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