Wilkes University


Wilkes Community to Gather to Remember Dr. Fahmy

Wilkes University announces the passing of faculty emeritus Mahmoud H. Fahmy, Ph.D., who passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at the age of 88. A public memorial service will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Ballroom of the Henry Student Center. Members of the Wilkes community are invited to attend this service, where the family of Dr. Fahmy will receive condolences. A brief memorial program will begin at 5:15 p.m. 

Upon his passing, Dr. Fahmy was surrounded by his wife of 60 years, Irandukht Vahidi Fahmy, and his children Roya Fahmy of Scranton, Pennsylvania., Dr. Raef (Bethanne) Fahmy of Newburyport, Massachusetts; and Randa Fahmy of Washington, D.C., and grandchildren Jared, Trevor and Kira Fahmy; Alexandria Hudome; and Alana Swartz. 

About Dr. Fahmy
Born in Alexandria, Egypt on Oct. 1, 1930, Dr. Fahmy was the fourth of nine children born to Hussein Fahmy and Mounira El Sayed. He devoted his entire life to the noble pursuit of education and encouraged others to do so as well. He completed his undergraduate education at Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt. He bravely left his birth country of Egypt to come to America in 1958 to study at Columbia University in New York City, where he obtained his master’s degree in education and history. He continued his educational pursuits at Syracuse University in New York, where he received his doctoral degree in philosophy. He subsequently taught at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he had an accomplished 30-year career as an academic and administrator.

Dr. Fahmy loved the United States of America and quickly became a naturalized U.S. citizen. His infectious optimism was reflected in his favorite saying, “I am an American by choice.” He strongly believed in civic service to America, and to the social, cultural and educational institutions in his community, the Wyoming Valley. He devoted a great deal of time volunteering on various boards and local community organizations in Luzerne County. He was often called upon by the community for his expertise and knowledge of global affairs and Middle East politics, providing media commentary and lectures. He strongly believed in interfaith cooperation, and led one of the first interfaith delegations to Egypt and Israel after the Camp David Accords were signed in 1978. He and his wife Iran traveled around the world in pursuit of international education, having visited more than 50 countries. 

The family would like to express its sincerest thanks to the professional staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley and Mercy Center Skilled Nursing. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mahmoud H. Fahmy, Ph.D. Scholarship at Wilkes University, Office of Advancement, 84 West South Street, Wilkes, Barre, PA 18766, or online at www.wilkes.edu/give.