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Counsellor David A. B. Jallah

Sunrise: March 25th, 1951 - Sunset: May 21st, 2018

Psalm 113:2-4: 2- Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. 3 - From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised. 4- The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

David Albert Brumskine Jallah, named after his maternal grandfather, was born on March 25th, 1951 in Owensgrove, Grand Bassa County, Republic of Liberia, unto the union of Robert Jallah and Theresa Worrell Jallah. Upon graduation from demonstration school in Bassa, David first enrolled in Bassa High School to pursue his secondary education. He soon realized his affinity for teaching and transferred to Kakata Rural Teachers’ Training Institute (KRTTI) in 1967 where he earned a C Certificate in Teacher Education in 1970. As a newly minted KRTTI graduate, he returned home to teach at Buchanan Demonstration School. At the conclusion of his required service as a professional teacher, he enrolled at the University of Liberia to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Economics, graduating in 1975. Soon after obtaining his degree, he was employed as a Continuity Broadcaster at ELBC, one of two radio broadcasting stations in Liberia at the time. During his tenure as a radio broadcaster, David began studies at the Foreign Service Institute through the Republic of Liberia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which he also completed in 1975.  Subsequently, he enrolled at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, earning a Bachelor of Law degree in 1978, and was admitted to the Montserrado County Bar as an Attorney-at-Law. Additionally, in 1985, the Counsellor obtained a Diploma from the International Development Law Institute, Rome, Italy.

Utilizing his foreign affairs training and legal education, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Immigration for Operations and Assistant Attorney General during the Tolbert regime, from 1979 until the coup d’état in 1980. Following the government overthrow, he began law practice as an Associate at the Cooper & Togbah Law Offices, Monrovia, Liberia, in 1981. Under the tutelage of Counsellor Henry Reed Cooper, the fledgling lawyer flourished, and in 1982 was admitted to the Supreme Court of Liberia Bar as a Counsellor-at-Law. The Cooper & Togbah Law Offices assisted him in pursuing and earning a Master of Law degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America, which he completed in 1984. Following his tenure at Cooper & Togbah, the Counsellor established the David A. B. Jallah Law Firm in 1988. He was admitted to the New York Bar, United States of America, in 1993. Returning to his roots as a professional teacher, Counsellor Jallah began teaching at his alma mater, the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, in 1993 as an Assistant Professor of Law, becoming Associate Professor and Dean in 2000, then Full Professor and Dean from 2002 until 2016. It was in 2016 that Counsellor Jallah was appointed Vice President for Legal Affairs at the University of Liberia, a position he held until his untimely demise.

Given his service-oriented character and social nature, the Counsellor was active in many civic and social organizations throughout his life. He began participating in extracurricular activities as a young boy, as evidenced by his engagement in the Bassa Boy Scouts. In 1973, he was elected Vice President of the Bassa University Students Association while studying at the University of Liberia, then became Secretary of the University of Liberia Alumni Association in 1978. Further, he served as Vice President of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Liberia (YMCA) from 1984 to 1985. Counsellor Jallah also served as Vice President of the Liberia Chambers of Commerce during that term, and in 1985 began a 2-year term as the President of this organization. From 1982 to 1983, he took on the role of Secretary for the Liberian National Bar Association, then President of the Association from 1989 to 1993. He was also a past President of the Lions Club of Monrovia, an organization very near and dear to his heart, as he was actively involved up until his passing. Aside from serving in leadership roles, he was a member of both the Mano River Union Student Association in the 70s and the University of Pennsylvania Law Students Association while he studied there in the 80s. His public and civic service efforts afforded him the opportunity to travel across Africa, Europe, and North America.

The Counsellor leaves in mourning: his devoted wife of 33 years, Mrs. Ophelia Randall Jallah (this union was blessed with three children – his only daughter, Odav M. Jallah, and two sons, David A. B. Jallah Jr. and Edwin M. Jallah); his four children - Lorenzo Gozohngar Jallah, Odav M. Jallah, David A.B. Jallah Jr., and Edwin M. Jallah; three grandchildren; three surviving siblings - Mrs. Maima Jallah Seekey, two brothers James and Edward J. Kelly of Australia and Belgium respectively; a multitude of beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, and friends. His sudden demise will also have a profound impact on the business communities at home and abroad, and on his beloved Republic of Liberia.

Counsellor Jallah’s mother, Theresa Worrell Jallah Kelly, father Robert Jallah, brother Dr. Edwin M. Jallah, sister Comfort Kelly Larson, aunts Williametta Powell Montgomery and Rachel Worrell Dixon, cousins Hannibal Brumskine, Adeline Neal, Jimmy Neal, Natalie Neal Darby, Counsellor James Bull, Martha Montgomery, Lafayette Montgomery (Borah), Elizabeth Nimley Montgomery (Honey), Harvey Dixon, Martha Strong, Annie Strong, Clarissa Isabella Strong, Clara Weaver, Clarice Deshield Lamine, LV Gbenyon, Charles Gbenyon, Enid Gbenyon Brown, and Counsellor Philip Brumskine - who was a great influence in Counsellor Jallah realizing his academic aspirations - predeceased him.
May his soul rest in Perfect Peace.

Special Vigil – Friday, June 15, 2018 3:30PM – 4:30PM:
University of Liberia Auditorium, Capitol Hill, 1000 Monrovia, 10 Liberia                                                      

Wake Keeping – Friday, June 15, 2018 6:00PM – 9:00PM:
Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church, 33 Broad Street, Monrovia, Liberia

Funeral – Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:00AM – 11:00AM:
Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church, 33 Broad Street, Monrovia, Liberia

Worrell Family Cemetery, Upper Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia

Immediately Following Committal, Grand Bassa County Fairground Pavilion Lower Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia