A Memorial Tribute will be held for Professor Hani Y. Awadallah on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm in Richardson Hall 120.
Hani Y. Awadallah, an assistant professor of chemistry and
biochemistry at Montclair State University and an outspoken advocate for
Arab-Americans, died suddenly on Tuesday, January 9.
Gingerich, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Robert
Prezant, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, praised
Awadallah for his years of service and academic dedication to Montclair
Gingerich called Awadallah, 70, a “stalwart contributor
to the growth and development of the Department of Chemistry and
Biochemistry” who taught everything from Introductory Chemistry to
“Awadallah was almost an academic fixture we came to count on. Over
the years, he has touched and influenced many hundreds of student
lives,” Prezant added.
Awadallah joined Montclair State as an
instructor in the Science Department in September 1968. In 1970, as a
founding member of the Department of Chemistry, he was promoted to
assistant professor. During his first ten years at Montclair State, he
was the principal instructor for introductory chemistry courses for
For approximately 15 years, he had been an instructor in the Saturday Gifted and Talented Program.
who headed the Arab American Civic Organization in Paterson, was a
fiery leader of the Arab American community there. “All those who knew
him know he was a passionate and unwavering defender of our
Arab-American communities and their rights to involvement and respect in
every aspect of citizenship and American life,” Gingerich said.