Emmet Adolphus Dennis Sr., Professor of the Cell Biology and Neuroscience Department, and a strong pillar of the very successful Rutgers Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) program, passed away on March 6, 2022.
A distinguished scientist and academic, Dr. Dennis served as President of the University of Liberia, Dean of University College at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA), Chair of the Board of Trustees of Tubman University among other professional assignments. He was also a member of the inaugural Board of Directors of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia. His outstanding service was recognized internationally and nationally. Cuttington University named its Science College in his honor. Liberian scholars of scientific studies launched an annual science conference and named it “The Dr. Emmet A. Dennis Conference on Scientific Research”. Dr. Dennis was the founder and Director of the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research in Charlesville, Margibi County and named its laboratory building after him.
A graduate of St. John’s High School in Robertsport, Cape Mount, he earned the Bachelor of Science degree at Cuttington University; Master of Science degree at Indiana University, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Connecticut. A dedicated man of science, Dr. Dennis authored numerous scientific papers in the field of parasitology.