“He offered himself as an instrument for God to open doors where there were none, shed light where there was darkness, impart knowledge where there was ignorance, and provide hope where there was despair.”
- Dr. Isaac O. Agboola, ’81, G-’83, 2009
In 2017, Gallaudet University experienced a huge loss, the passing of Dr. Isaac O. Agboola, '81 & G-'83, the Dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services (SEBHS). Many stories and memories of Dr. Agboola circulated around Kendall Green from many people who loved and respected him, and the National Deaf Life Museum is no exception.
In 2013, the Museum was working on a large scale project: to open a permanent museum in Chapel Hall as part of the commemoration of Gallaudet University's sesquicentennial celebration on April 8, 2014. Dr. Agboola was asked by the Museum to curate an exhibit titled Andrew J. Foster: Missionary, Educator, and Advocate. There was no one else better than Dr. Agboola to undertake this project since he knew Dr. Foster from the days of his youth.
As Museum mananger Meredith Peruzzi stated, "Dr. Agboola's fondness for Andrew Foster could be easily felt any time we discussed the exhibit. He lit up when he shared photos and stories from his time working in Dr. Foster's office, and it was a joy to work with him on this project. I can think of no one else with more passion for the subject, and I was honored to work with him."
There have been students from various countries in Africa bringing their friends to see the exhibit, which demonstrates Foster's long lasting legacy.
Short version of How Merrily He Laughed
Biography of Dr. Isaac O. Agboola
Read tribute from then Provost Carol J. Erting.
Contribute to the Dr. Isaac O. Agboola, ’81, G-’83, Memorial Fund
Biography of Dr. Agboola by GSR-300 class on April 8, 2019
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