In Memoriam

Yakubu Saaka (1945-2008)

Yakubu Saaka, a professor of African-American studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, died late last month in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was 62 years old.

Professor Saaka had taught at Oberlin College for 36 years. He served in parliament in Ghana and as the nation’s ambassador to the United Nations. Earlier this year, he unsuccessfully ran for president of the African nation.

Leroy Chauffe (1936-2008)

Leroy Chauffe, who taught chemistry at California State University East Bay for 33 years, died in Hayward, California, from complications of diabetes. He was 71 years old.

Professor Chauffe taught undergraduate and graduate courses and served as chemistry department chair. He also was associate dean of instruction and acting dean of graduate studies.

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Chauffe graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Howard University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California at Davis.