My father, Dr. Meseret Chekol Reta, was a journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin River-Falls. Before pursuing his graduate studies, he was a Senior Host for Voice of Ethiopia International Services. His great love for academia motivated him to continue school and emigrate from Ethiopia. Though he took school seriously, he loved life and often encouraged me to make the most of it. My father traveled the world visiting many places like France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Spain, he also worked hard to be successful despite becoming visually impaired from smallpox at the age of 8. He was full of energy, sharp, witty, a perfectionist, and viewed every conversation he had with someone as a learning opportunity. My father knew how to dress and always wanted to put his best self forward. This picture of him was taken at the University of Minnesota while he was a graduate student.
My Dad, a healthy man, died of Liver Cancer on Nov. 17. He leaves behind not just my mother and I, but a legacy, his long awaited book, “The Quest for Press Freedom: One Hundred Years of History of the Media in Ethiopia” will be released this February.
Source: NY Times