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Dr. Khatab M. Hassanein

Dr. Khatab M. Hassanein

Dr. Khatab M. Hassanein died peacefully July 9, 2005 at North Kansas City Hospital with his daughter at his bedside.

Dr. Hassanein was born in Cairo, Egypt, but was proud to be a citizen of his beloved U.S.A. for many decades. He received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Statistics and in Meteorology from the University of Cairo. While in Egypt, he taught in both private and public schools. Later he was on the faculty at the University of Cairo, where he was honored with a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Scholarship to study Statistics in the United States. He spent some time in graduate work at Harvard University, then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he received M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in Biostatistics.

After serving on the faculty at Chapel Hill for two years, he returned to his faculty position at the Institute of Statistics at the University of Cairo. In 1967, he returned to the U.S. and joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where for many years and up to the present time he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biometry.

Dr. Hassanein has received many honors, including the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was a fellow of the International Statistics Institute. He served as author or co-author of more than one hundred and fifty papers. Dr. Hassanein was often praised for his unique capability of being able to apply creative statistical methods to difficult medical and biological questions. One recent example of this type of application is a new technique developed for Meta-Analysis with his esteemed colleague and friend, Dr.A.K.Md. Ehsanes Saleh of Carleton University, Canada, which is getting published in the Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics (JBS) in the first issue of 2006.

Dr. Hassanein was a deep believer in God. In addition to his great love for his family, friends, and students, he enjoyed poetry, philosophy, history, religion, and music. He especially loved teaching and working with his students. He was deeply loved by family, friends and students, and will be greatly missed.

 

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