The Ferris State University family is deeply saddened over the death of Dr. Lucy N. Ngoh, a long-time associate professor in the College of Pharmacy and an active member of the university and Big Rapids communities.
“Lucy’s influence in the college and academic pharmacy will never be replaced; she was a unique individual who provided us with perspectives that we all too often overlook,” said College of Pharmacy Dean Stephen Durst. “She will indeed be missed by many. This is a significant loss in our lives.”
Ngoh died from injuries sustained in a Dec. 30 bus accident in Cameroon. She was visiting relatives in her native country in West Central Africa during the university’s holiday break.
Ngoh joined Ferris’ College of Pharmacy in 1992 after completing a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. She received a master’s degree in health administration in 1988 from Tulane University in New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1985.
Her research and teaching interests included health literacy, service learning and international health. She was a certified health education specialist and registered pharmacist and was affiliated with several professional organizations.
Ngoh served the university as a member of the Academic Senate, including as secretary and on its executive committee, and was a member of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Group and the International Education Committee, among others. She also was a facilitator for the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.
Ngoh was an active member of St. Paul’s Campus Parish. Her community service also included involvement in the Mecosta-Osceola chapter of the American Red Cross and the Big Rapids branch of the American Association of University Women.
Ngoh never lost sight of and connection to her roots. She was active with the professional Cameroonian Community in the United States and in Cameroon. She undertook yearly visits to Cameroon to continue to nurture this commitment. It was on one of such trips that she met her untimely death.
A memorial service is pending. The Ferris flag was flown at half-staff in Ngoh’s honor on on Thursday, Jan. 3.