Ferris Mourns Death of Pharmacy Faculty Member

by Published: Jan 16, 2013

After being injured in a bus acci­dent, phar­macy fac­ulty mem­ber Dr. Lucy Ngoh died Dec. 30.

Ngoh was vis­it­ing rel­a­tives in the West African nation of Cameroon, her native coun­try, when the acci­dent occurred.

“The tragic death of Dr. Ngoh is a great loss to our uni­ver­sity. She was deeply involved in her pro­fes­sion, in the life of the uni­ver­sity and in the Big Rapids com­mu­nity,” University President David Eisler said. “Her stu­dents ben­e­fit­ted from the inter­na­tional per­spec­tive she brought to her teach­ing. Dr. Ngoh had a com­bi­na­tion of pro­fes­sional achieve­ments and per­sonal life expe­ri­ences that are irre­place­able. I join with the entire Ferris com­mu­nity in mourn­ing her loss.”

Along with fac­ulty and staff mem­bers, many stu­dents are tak­ing the time to remem­ber the life of Ngoh and things she had taught them.

“Dr. Ngoh was a kind and pas­sion­ate pro­fes­sor that really cared about the stu­dents,” Jenna Day, first-year phar­macy stu­dent, said. “She chal­lenged us to think about what it meant to be a phar­ma­cist and why each of us chose phar­macy school.”

According to University Advancement and Marketing, Ngoh joined Ferris’ College of Pharmacy in 1992 after com­plet­ing a doc­tor­ate in phi­los­o­phy from the University of Texas at Austin.

In 1988, she received a master’s degree in health admin­is­tra­tion from Tulane University in New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in phar­macy from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1985.

While at Ferris, Ngoh was a mem­ber of the Academic Senate, served on the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Group and was a facil­i­ta­tor for the university’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.

“Although she [Ngoh] took her pro­fes­sor respon­si­bil­i­ties very seri­ously. She always incor­po­rated a sense of humor into the les­son plan,” Rob Granett, second-year phar­macy stu­dent, said. “She taught stu­dents with a sense of pas­sion and pride for the career of phar­macy. Lucy Ngoh was an invalu­able and respected part of the Ferris State College of Pharmacy and will be deeply missed by her stu­dents and col­leagues as we move for­ward into this new semester.”

There will be a memo­r­ial mass for Ngoh on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. The mass will be at St. Paul Catholic Chapel located on Damascus Road in Big Rapids. A light recep­tion will fol­low
the service.