Dr. Augustus F. Caine

Dr. Augustus F. Caine,
Former Secretary of Education, R.L.

The Caine family announces the joyous transition of Dr. Augustus F. Caine, our loving husband, most valuable father, there-for-you uncle, patriarch and friend on Monday, December 12, 2005 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. With interminable love and admiration, we thank God for his life and the contributions that he made to his beloved Liberia, the United States and his family.

Dr. Caine was a member of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Liberia, where he served on the vestry. He attended Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

A true patriot, Dr. Caine lived a distinguished life, serving his country as Secretary of Education, Senator, Secretary General of the Mano River Union, Chairman of NDPL, Director of the Institute of Public Administration and Professor at the University of Liberia. He was a member of the National Constitution Commission who wrote the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.

In the United States, he served as Chairman of the African Studies Department at SUNY (State University of New York), Professor at the University of Maryland, Professor at Barber-Scotia College and Professor at Austin Peay State University. While studying for his PhD, he worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Michigan State University and later as a Technical Consultant to the American Peace Corps and the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. He was later appointed a Professor at the Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College.

He met and married his wife, Esther Karnga while she was a freshman at the University of Illinois and he pursuing his Master's Degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

After graduating from Liberia College (University of Liberia) with a Bachelor's degree in History and Pre-Law, he had intended to become a lawyer. Fate intervened when this brilliant man won a United Nations International essay contest and traveled to the United States. The New Africans stated in their publication: "He spent twelve years establishing a distinguished academic reputation, both as a student and as a teacher.

Dr. Augustus F. Caine was featured in Who's Who in the World for his illustrious contributions to the world and noted as the youngest person in Africa at the time, to have been entrusted with such a key post as Secretary of Education.
Most remarkably, "Feweh" was filled with love for all people and made friends very easily. When asked what his legacy would be, he said “scholarship.”

Contact Info:
Mrs. Esther Caine 301-588-2375
A. Fahnwullu Caine 215-287-5115
Miatta Caine 240-501-1153
Ellen Roberts 301-588-4715
Bobby Davis 202-355-2635
Roselyn Caine-Egun 973-673-0430 / 973-462-2183

All services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church; 1607 Grace Church Rd.
(look for 9115 Georgia Avenue) in Silver Spring, MD. 20910 Phone: 301-585-3515. Please see for complete directions.

Wake: Friday, January 13, 2006 Viewing: 6 p.m. Service: 7 p.m.
Memorial Service: Saturday, January 14, 2006 There will be an Instrumental Prelude from 9-10 a.m. because Dr. Caine was a musician. Service: 10 a.m.


I-495 South becomes I-95 South. Merge onto CAPITAL BELTWAY / I-495 W via EXIT 27 toward SILVER SPRING. Take the MD-97 S exit- EXIT 31. Turn LEFT onto MD-97 S / GEORGIA AVE. When you see 9115 Georgia Avenue, Turn LEFT onto GRACE CHURCH RD. End at 1607 Grace Church Rd. Silver Spring, MD 20910-1509.


Merge onto I-95 N via the exit on the LEFT toward RICHMOND. Merge onto I-395 N via EXIT 170A on the LEFT toward WASHINGTON. Merge onto I-495 N / CAPITAL BELTWAY via EXIT 170B toward TYSONS CORNER. Take the MD-97 S / GEORGIA AVE exit- EXIT 31B- toward SILVER SPRING. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto MD-97 S / GEORGIA AVE. When you see 9115 Georgia Avenue, Turn LEFT onto GRACE CHURCH RD. End at 1607 Grace Church Rd

Marriott Hotel- Courtyard Silver Spring-Downtown 8506 Fenton Street Silver Spring, Md. 20910 $89.00 King Single with Pull out Sofa Bed and $ 109.00 for Double. Call 301- 589-4899 and register under Dr. Caine Funeral. Reserve for Jan. 13, 14 and/or 15.

Travelodge Silver Spring-8040 13th St Bldg A, Silver Spring 301-495-0808; $79
Courtyard Silver Spring North (Marriott) 12521 Prosperity Drive
Silver Spring, Md. 20904 301-680-8500
Residence Inn Silver Spring (Marriott) 12000 Plum Orchard Drive
Silver Spring, Md. 20904 301-572-2322
Days Inn 8040 13th St, Silver Spring, MD 301-588-4400
Ramada Inn 7990 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 301-565-3444