Dr. Isaac O. Agboola, a longtime Gallaudet professor and Dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services, passed away yesterday. He was 60. He was on medical leave for the past two weeks — but many were shocked and saddened by his unexpected passing.
Gallaudet’s Provost, Dr. Carol J. Erting, posted a tribute of his life. He was born in Nigeria and attended a school that was founded by Dr. Andrew J. Foster (who founded 31 deaf schools across Africa). Isaac then attended Gallaudet in 1978 and got his BA and MBA — then a PhD in Information Systems from the U of Maryland.
He became a Gallaudet faculty in 1984 in the Department of Business, later became the department chair, then became a Dean in two different departments and have been in that position up to his passing.
His death has touched several generations of Deaf people who knew him by working with him, taking a class with him, or at an event outside of Gallaudet. There are many social media postings of people sharing memories with him.
Isaac is survived by his wife, Jumoke, and four daughters. Rest in peace, Dr. Isaac Agboola.
Gallaudet Tribute: http://bit.ly/2mcXHNK