11 March, 2016

Passing of Dr Farouk El Dessouki

It was with great sadness that I heard today of the passing of Dr Farouk El Dessouki in Cairo. I have known Dr Farouk for 50 years and first met him when he was posted to Baghdad in the sixties.

And over the years we developed a close friendship. He was a stalwart of the Egyptian Veterinary Service and continued to work on their behalf until illness overtook him. When my work with FAO took me to the regional office in Cairo I was not only able to work with him but his family also extended their friendship to myself and my wife and family. Tonight I mourn the loss of my friend but my thoughts, and those of my wife Dianne, are with Rania, Aseel and the Haja Hekmet who have lost a dear father and beloved husband.