Photo Courtesy of Prof. Ahmad Rahman

Editor’s note: This story was edited Sept. 22 at 7:20 p.m.

By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Ahmad Rahman, an associate professor of history at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, died Monday night at his home.

Rahman began teaching at UM-Dearborn in 2004. He taught three courses — two history and one African and African American Studies — during the fall 2015 semester.

Rahman was named College Professor of the Year in 2013 by Michigan Council For the Social Studies.

“I have always sought to balance academic achievement with what I regard as the more important goals of achieving real solutions to problems for people outside academia,” Rahman said when he received the award. “ At one time during my youth I called myself a revolutionary. Now I see myself as more of a solutionary.”

Said CASL Dean Marty Hershock: “Professor Rahman touched a great many lives here at UM-Dearborn and he will be deeply missed.”

Hershock said he is working with Dale Thomson, chair of UM-Dearborn’s social sciences department, as well as Deborah Smith Pollard, director of African and African American studies, to arrange for new instructors.

UM-Dearborn is arranging a memorial service. There are also efforts by students and alumni for a prayer vigil, according to Hershock.

Hershock said UM-Dearborn is making the university’s counseling and disability services office available to students who would like help dealing with the death. The office can be contacted at