BIG RAPIDS, MI — Ferris State University is “deeply saddened” by the death of pharmacy professor Lucy Ngoh, who died after being injured in a Dec. 30 bus accident in the West African nation of Cameroon, the university said in a statement.
“Lucy’s influence in the college and academic pharmacy will never be replaced; she was a unique individual who provided us with perspectives that we all too often overlook,” said College of Pharmacy Dean Stephen Durst. “She will indeed be missed by many. This is a significant loss in our lives.”
Ngoh, who joined Ferris’ College of Pharmacy in 1992, was visiting relatives at the time of the accident.
According to the university, her interests included health literacy, service learning and international health. In addition, she was also registered pharmacist, a certified health education specialist, and was affiliated with several professional organizations.
In a news release, Ferris described Ngoh as someone who was active not only at Ferris, but in the Big Rapids community as well. She was member of St. Paul’s Campus Parish, was active in the Mecosta-Osceola chapter of the American Red Cross and the Big Rapids branch of the American Association of University Women.
At Ferris, Ngoh was a member of the Academic Senate, served on the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Group, and was a facilitator for the university’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.
No further details were available about the bus accident, and plans for a memorial service are pending.