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Mohamed El-Attar

March 11, 2012

Dr. Mohamed El-Attar, 80, a former professor emeritus at Mississippi State University, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012.
He was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1931 and immigrated to the United States in 1963. Receiving his master’s degree in demography from the University of Pennsylvania followed by his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Georgia, Dr. El-Attar began his career as a professor with Mississippi State University’s sociology department in 1970.
During those 27 years, he also worked for the United Nations, published several nationally and internationally recognized papers and created new curricula for his college.
In accordance with Islamic practices, per his wish, services and burial for Dr. El-Attar occurred within the same day of his passing.
Mohamed is survived by his wife, Sanabel, and three daughters: Sumaya of Ashville, N.C.; Sarah and Suehyla of Atlanta, Ga. He is also survived by two sisters, Fatima and Suaad, as well as a large extended family, all in Egypt. He is dearly missed.
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“(To the righteous soul will be said): ‘O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction! Come back thou to thy Lord, — Well pleased (thyself), And well-pleasing Unto Him! Enter thou, then among my Devotees! Yea, enter thou My Heaven!’” [S. 89 A. 2730]

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