Saying Goodbye to a Pillar of the Biology Departmentcsudhbulletin March 21, 2019 0 COMMENTS
CSUDH lost a valuable member of the Toro family March 3. After a long battle
After a successful three years at the school, Dr. Kidane moved to the United States with little but his suitcase, a tennis racket, and a desire for a higher education.
Kidane graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from CSUDH and moved on to complete his doctorate iin molecular biology from UCLA.
After many years and two very impressive research grants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Melbourne, Australia Dr. Kidane came back to his Alma Mater in 1990 to take up a post as an associate professor of mollecular biology and immunology.
Dr. Kidane later became a tenured professor in the biology department and retired in 2012.
Dr. Kidane was remembered fondly as a kind and gentle soul by his colleague and student Anthony Diaz, a senior instructional support technician in the biology department.
“ Dr. Kidane always encouraged me to be the best student I could be, and he helped me achieve that goal by being as critical and supportive of my work as he could be,” Diaz said an
Dr. John Thomlinson, the biology department chair, echoed those sentiments.
“He was a friend as well as a colleague to many of us, and his untimely retirement for health reasons was a blow to the Biology department,” Thomlinson in an email announcing Kidane’s death.” He fought on for several years, and he never lost his sense of humor.”
Dr. Kidane’s funeral was held March 20 at Forest Lawn in Cypress. He is survived by fifteen siblings and many nieces and nephews.