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Dr. Robert J. Boakai

Sunrise: September 6, 1943; Sunset: September 16, 2012

The Boakai Family of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area announces, with great sadness, the passing of Dr. Robert J. Boakai on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Dr. Boakai was a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Howard University School of Medicine, specialized in general surgery, and served as a trauma surgeon and attending physician at the District of Columbia General Hospital. He served in this capacity until the closing of the hospital (in 2001) ended inpatient services and the city's indigent health care system was transferred to the United Medical Center (formerly Greater Southeast Community Hospital). He continued practicing medicine at UMC and other area hospitals, clinics, and the D.C. Department of Corrections until 2011. Born in Harbel, Liberia on September 6, 1943, Dr. Boakai received his bachelors degree in Biology from Case Western Reserve University in 1969 and his doctorate from the Howard University School of Medicine in 1974.

Dr. Boakai is survived by his wife, Merlyn Boakai; sons, Robert B. Boakai, Ballah Boakai, and Jomah Boakai, granddaughter, Amber Jones-Boakai; great-granddaughter Zion M. Boakai; sister, Kabeh Jomah of Monrovia; dear friends, Fatu Tarawali and Willa D. Jones; and a host of relatives, professional colleagues, and friends. His parents, Saybah Gawu and Kungue Ballah, and his brothers, Jomah Dormu, Joseph Seth and Ericson Jomah, preceded him in death.

Dr. Boakai lived his life believing that no matter what one's achievements were, he must and should get involved, have a deep commitment, dedication, and an unparalleled passion to the service of his community, people, and country. Moreover he believed that human beings should work to enhance and fulfill their desire for basic freedom, social and economic justice, and for leaving a society, for succeeding generations, far better than that which he inherited. Thus, Dr. Boakai dedicated his life to his people, both in the Diaspora and in his native home Liberia.

Viewing will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 6-9pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20011, and the funeral service will be held at 9am on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Internment will be held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements
Gasch's Funeral Home
4739 Baltimore Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Contact Information

Sam Boakai: (443) 865-6566
Robert B. Boakai: (301) 588-1706