The great Prof. Jacob Shenider who worked as a Professor of Pathology at AAU – College of Health Sciences and Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital for many years has passed away on Feb 13, 2023 at the age of 88. He had retired recently and moved back to his home country, Switzerland.
During an award ceremony on April 19, 2017 – Prof. Jacob Schneider made the below comments
“Born in 1935 in a small village in Switzerland – My father died when I was 3 years of age. We were poor. But I became a school teacher and worked as such for 3 years before I could join the medical school. My dream was to become a missionary doctor like Albert Schweitzer. But I became interested in Pathology. However the intention to work in Africa remained and my first workplace as a pathologist was Muhimbili Hospital in Dar-es-Salaam. Regrettably my wife died.
I stayed with my children in Switzerland and become a professor of cardiovascular pathology. When I become sixty my children were adults and I had the freedom to return to Africa. At that time I had an Ethiopian colleague, Seife Hailemariam; when he heard of my plan, he said, but not Tanzania, come to us. I got an invitation from our University (AAU) which I accepted in 1996.
I retired at the age of 62 years and arrived with my second wife in Bole airport January 1997. Since then I tried to assist my colleagues in the department of pathology in teaching and diagnostics. Regrettably my wife died in 2000. I have given all; I am tired and plan to go home.”
Source :-Hakim page