Gone But Not Forgotten

Former University of Saint Francis art professor and well-known sculptor Sufi Ahmad died Dec. 4. He was 75 years old.

Professor Ahmad taught art at the University of Saint Francis from 1976 to 1998. Prior to joining the university's faculty, he had held various positions in commercial art and the fine arts.

One of Sufi's many works of art is the sculpture of Saint Francis, which stands in front of Brookside on the USF campus. Other works include "The Muse" at the Botanical Conservatory, 10 busts of historical Fort Wayne figures at Wells Fargo Bank, several relief sculptures of Fort Wayne, and the sculpture of Princess Mishawaka at the City Hall in Mishawaka, Ind.

Born May 15, 1936, in Amritsar, India, Sufi grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. He earned a bachelor's degree in art at the Government College in Lahore and a master's degree in fine arts at the University of the Punjab in Pakistan. He later earned a second MFA at the University of Tennessee.

Sufi is survived by his sons, Joseph (Hala) Ahmad and Nasim (Delana) Ahmad of Houston, Tex., and Jay (Stephanie) Ahmad of Royal Oak, Mich.; a daughter, Miriam (Mark) Holbrook of Marshall, Mich.; eight grandchildren; a nephew, Azhar (Claudia) Mustafa of Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Azra (Majid) Shah of Lahore, Pakistan; several nieces and nephews in Pakistan; and his long-time companion, Lenore DeFonso of Fort Wayne.

Anyone wishing to send a memorial in Sufi's honor may send it to any of the following organizations: the American Cancer Society, International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, Mercy USA, or Life for Relief and Development. Those wishing to sign the online guestbook may visit mccombandsons.com.