Dr. Gail Fahoome
Gail Frances Fahoome
  • 65 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 19, 1947
  • Place of birth:
    Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Date of passing: May 28, 2013
The memory of Gail be with us forever!

for all of the wonderful support, participation and kind words at Dr. Gail Fahoome's Celebration of Life Ceremony.  We were truly honored to meet everyone and hear about so many things we did not know.  Thank you. Please keep in touch with us.  Capellagenia@gmail.com

This Celebration of Life Website was created for everyone to gather and share our stories, experiences, her words of wisdom, photos, videos, and everything Dr. Gail Fahoome!  She was a powerful force and truly impacted all the lives she touched.  Please look at the pictures (in no particular order) participate, share and enjoy a full life well lived by our truly loved Gail Fahoome!! And please forgive any typos - along with being my mom, advisor, and very best friend - she was also my proof-reader! :-)

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dania Haidous-Bazzi on 21st October 2016

"Happy Birthday Dr. Fahoome, my family and I miss you a ton. We miss your humor and wit, and how much you pushed us to be our best."

This tribute was added by Joe Smith on 20th October 2016

"I will be eternally grateful to her, cherish the memory and personal guidance she extended to me."

This tribute was added by walt life on 19th October 2016

"Happy Birthday Mom!!! Miss you, and I love you !!!!"

This tribute was added by Felicia Verrett on 19th October 2016

"Happy birthday Mom! We love and miss you everyday!!"

This tribute was added by Capella Fahoome Brogden on 8th December 2015

"I love you mom!  I work everyday to be half as amazing as you are - you touched and impacted so many lives.  Thank you for being my mom and my very very best friend forever.  I Love You!!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Vanice Qadah on 19th October 2015

"Although I knew Doctor Fahoome for a short time, my memories of her are ever lasting. I am so grateful our paths crossed. Until we meet again."

This tribute was added by walt life on 7th October 2015

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about you or something you taught me.  I appreciate everything and miss you sooooo much, I'm sooooo grateful.  I love you mom, see you soon!!"

This tribute was added by Tony Lin on 5th October 2015

"I especially remember Professor’s gentle spirit and loving nature. Professor Fahoome will always be remembered as an especially giving person of great character.Thinking of you during this time and always, Student Tony."

This tribute was added by JoAnne Holbert on 1st June 2015

"Gail is still missed by her friends here at the College of Education. She was such a good teacher and friend. We enjoyed many an hour talking about our mutual friend Shlomo, how he could be so smart about statistics and so dumb about politics.  I saw Capella's movie on TV not long ago and it helped me remember how proud Gail was the night we saw it here in Michigan.  Love  to her family."

This tribute was added by Felicia Verrett on 19th October 2014

"Happy birthday mom :) Love and miss you lots"

This tribute was added by joanne mcguire on 19th October 2014

"Huge gaping hole in our family.  We all love and miss you so much. xoxo"

This tribute was added by Dania Haidous-Bazzi on 19th October 2014

"Happy Birthday Dr. Fahoome, I know somewhere you are celebrating.......think of you often......"

This tribute was added by Daymon Hartley on 19th October 2014

"Happy birthday Gail...you are missed...y"

This tribute was added by joanne mcguire on 29th May 2014

"Sister girl    I miss you more than ever and think about you everyday.  All my love always.  xoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Capella Fahoome Brogden on 28th May 2014

"I love you mom and so proud to be your daughter.  Love you so much."

This tribute was added by Bertice Fahoome on 19th October 2013

"Happy Birthday mom! Love you"

This tribute was added by Vanice Qadah on 19th October 2013

"I come back to this "Tribute" site from time to time because I miss you. Happy Birthday professor and friend."

This tribute was added by Daymon Hartley on 19th October 2013

"Here are photos taken at the memorial which appear on Facebook. If you do not have an account you will not be able to view them. Getting an account is free and simple.

Hard to believe that Gail is gone. R.I.P> my old friend and comrade. https://www.facebook.com/daymonjhartley/media_set?set=a.10151914136771067.1073741917.508141066&type=1"

This tribute was added by joanne mcguire on 19th October 2013

"Happy Birthday sister girl.  We love and miss you more than you will ever know. Xoxoxox"

This tribute was added by Capella Fahoome Brogden on 19th October 2013

"Happy Birthday Mom"

This tribute was added by Bertice Fahoome on 14th August 2013

"being able to hear Yanna talk about Grannie PaPa with Richie). From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a wonderful mother to me and I will always love you."

This tribute was added by Bertice Fahoome on 14th August 2013

"A woman that I always admired, she never ceased to amaze me! Her heart was genuine, so were the words she spoke. Whenever I needed advice or a shoulder to lean on, she was always there. I will forever miss our lunch and dinner dates, her words of encouragement, our talks, and hearing her laugh. She was a wonderful grandmother as well, and included my little girl as hers (makes me smile"

This tribute was added by walt life on 11th July 2013

"Mom, you are the greatest queen I've ever known, I will never know how you made time to be there for soooo many people: your husband, your children,grandkids,your mother, your siblings, your students, your family, your friends, our friends,and people you didn't know.You fought for equality& what was right and fair,political or educational.I miss you & love you so much Mom,see u soon! Walt"

This tribute was added by Gloria Harkness on 1st July 2013

"Gail was a warm, wonderful person.  I knew her since she was a Master's student, helped her when she was a Doctoral student, and was her secretary when she became head of Eval. & Research.  She was great to work for and was a nice friend to have.  Her students loved her!  I was sad to learn of her passing, and will miss her and her beautiful smile a lot.  My prayers are with her family."

This tribute was added by Tim Montgomery on 30th June 2013

"I honor your soul!"

This tribute was added by samir Al-Mandwee on 29th June 2013

"Dr. Fahoome was one of my special professors throughout my doctorate journey. I took four classes with her, she was also an active member in a two committees and will be absent on the final one! I used to send her wishing words on the first day of every year for a healthy and peaceful year. She was full of love and kindness. I will miss her immensely."

This tribute was added by Kim Grassadonia on 29th June 2013

"I had the pleasure and the plriveledge of knowing Gail for over 4 years.  I was her nail techinician and I considered her a good friend.  During the past several years we got to know each other and began to share things such as family stories, recipes, and life dreams.  It was an honor getting to know this beautiful soul during my life."

This tribute was added by Renee Fahoome on 28th June 2013

"It has taken me this long to write something because I don't have enough or the right words to express all my true feelings. I have a hole in my heart where my friend and sister filled it up with her laughter, smile, intelligence, kindness, compassion, beautiful face and spirit...I could go on and on...I am so glad she lives on in our wonderful memories of her. I so love my family!!!"

This tribute was added by Khalil El-Saghir on 27th June 2013

"I only took one EER course with Dr. Fahoome and it was enough to know what a wonderful human being she was!"

This tribute was added by Anne Wallington on 23rd June 2013

"I first met Gail at Capella and Mike's wedding.  From day one, we hit it off.  Such a warm and beautiful person.  She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Linda Koenig on 14th June 2013

"This year, when my sister Gail and her husband Richard said they wanted to come to Florida and stay with me the week of May 22-29, I was elated.  I hadn't seen them in a couple years.  I requested Thursday and Friday off so that we would have five whole days together (including Memorial Day).  I picked them up from the airport on Wednesday, the 22nd, after work. Cont..."

This tribute was added by Linda Koenig on 14th June 2013

"Cont... We did a lot in those five days, catching up, going to the pool, playing poker with my daughter Karyn, taking little trips, visiting with people, watching the Red Wings, making wraps and smoothies, and just plain relaxing.  It went by too fast.  Tuesday the 28th was their last full day in Florida, and I had to go back to work"

This tribute was added by Linda Koenig on 14th June 2013

"Cont...  It was 6:30 that morning and I debated whether or not to wake Gail, who was fast asleep in the recliner.  I didn't want to just leave the house without letting her know, so I nudged her awake and said I was leaving for work.  She gave me her beautiful smile and told me to have a good day.  I'm so glad I made that decision, because I got to say good-bye."

This tribute was added by P. Monet Conner on 13th June 2013

"Dr. Gail Frances Fahoome was my WSU-class mate; and, later she became my professor and dissertation committee member for my EER Doctoral Program.  She was always understanding, sincere, warm and willing to assist others.  Her smile was enjoyed by everyone!  I pray that her family will cherish her memories and legacy for many generations."

This tribute was added by Phyllis and David Whitin on 12th June 2013

"Gail was a treasured colleague to us both. She was sincere, compassionate, friendly, and a person of high standards and principles. She always spoke out for what was right and just and fair. She loved her family and was so proud of all their accomplishments. We will truly miss her. We send our deepest sympathy to Gail's family."

This tribute was added by Hassan Qadah on 12th June 2013

"My heart is really broken; I had Dr. Gail Fahoome for most of my EER Classes. Dr. Fahoome also was part of my Doctoral Qualifying Exam Committee. She is honest, fair, and highly analytical in a good way and has a sense of humor. She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Cindy Koenig on 11th June 2013

"It is clear that Gail touched and inspired so many lives with her love, vibrancy, joy and intelligence. I offer my condolences to all of you, especially Gail's family....."

This tribute was added by Corey Holmes on 11th June 2013

"Mrs. Fahoome- A woman of tremendous character, intellect, and humility.  She was towering in stature but one of the sweetest women on the earth.  I met her because of her twin sons Dale, and Walt and always felt welcomed in her home (sometime to welcome lol).  May God shine his grace on your family and they know that you are fine and now in divine light.  God bless the Fahoome family!"

This tribute was added by Monte Piliawsky on 10th June 2013

"I will terribly miss Gail as a colleague, friend, and even student (in my doctoral seminar in 1999).  I am in awe of Gail's extraordinary ability to patiently explain complex statistical concepts to students, as well as her keen commitment to social justice, expressed a month ago in her impassioned plea that we treat the cleaning staff equally to the University President."

This tribute was added by Lori Voikos on 10th June 2013

"Words seem in adequate to express the sadness I fell about Gail’s passing. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Gail’s company, either playing cards or just sitting around talking. Going up north for the Jones Family reunion for the last few years was always something I looked forward to. I always had a blast and felt welcome.  She raised great kids, and they in turn they raised great kids. She"

This tribute was added by Barry Markman on 10th June 2013

"Gail was my colleague and my friend, and I will miss her. She was warm, had a great sense of humor and was exceptionally bright. She had more patience to work with students than any faculty member I have ever known. She had a great smile and if you really wanted to see it beam, all you had to do was discuss one of Capella's projects, from "Random 1" to "Don't Stop Believing.""

This tribute was added by joanne mcguire on 9th June 2013

"My sister said it perfectly.  Gail was our sister and I am still in shock. I feel her presence everyday.   She was brilliant and had the best sense of humor of anyone I know.  My sister in law Renee, my sister Linda I are missing an incredible part of our foursome. Our girls weekends will not be the same however I somehow know you will be there.  I love my brother and your children and you"

This tribute was added by Karen Tonso on 8th June 2013

"What a woman! I remember the day she fired into my office and said, "You gotta' see this trailer of this movie my daughter did." and changed my life - again. She was a better colleague that I deserved, a lioness for students, and among the hardest workers I ever knew. Her commitments to excellence in all she did - equity, teaching, service, scholarship - never let you down. I miss her."

This tribute was added by Rita Casey on 8th June 2013

"Gail was wonderful; full of humor, intelligence, and love. I remember talking with her about teaching, and needing to understand how it felt not to know something in order to help students learn things that they feared – like statistics. She's gone far too soon, but her influence continues to flow out through her family and her students."

This tribute was added by Gerry Oglan on 8th June 2013

""I worked with Gail on a number of projects.  She always responded to students in a timely fashion, guided them and raised the bar on the quality of the work she expected.  Aside from her work with students she was a dear friend and colleague.  I will miss her dearly.""

This tribute was added by sariyah fahoome on 8th June 2013

"She was a very funny person that always taught me how to cook and new healthy vegetarian recipes. She taught me alot and always took us out for ice cream. She cared about everybody alot and life won't just be the same without her."

This tribute was added by Dania Haidous-Bazzi on 7th June 2013

"What an inspirational and wonderful human being. Dr. Fahoome is someone who brought the best in the people around her. I will miss her humor and wit. She gave so much to her students, and never asked for anything in return. The many life lessons she taught me will live on. I know one day we will get to continue our wonderful conversations and friendship, until then I will miss her dearly."

This tribute was added by Veronica Bielat on 7th June 2013

"Dr. Fahoome was a welcoming spirit in the College of Education at Wayne State. I had the pleasure of working with her and her students for many years. She was kind, generous and a wonderful collaborator. I will miss her very much."

This tribute was added by Tiana Fluker on 7th June 2013

"I was blessed to have been one of Dr. Fahoome's students for 6 of my doctoral classes.  In every class, she showed love and respect to all of her students.  She also didn't just treat us like students.  She treated us like friends.  She allowed us to discuss things freely and truly cared about what personal issues we were going through.  She will definitely be missed."

This tribute was added by Geralyn Stephens on 7th June 2013

"I am blessed that Gail was in my life.  She is among the most inspirational women I've met. Upon initially meeting Gail, one would never suspect the accomplishments, ambitions and 'works-in-progress' of this phenomenal lady! I enjoyed listening to her stories about Detroit. I enjoyed learning about her children and grandchildren.  I simply enjoyed Gail. (I'm gonna miss her so very much.)"

This tribute was added by walt life on 7th June 2013

"My mama, what can I say?  Brilliant , funny, down to earth, loyalist person I ever knew, etc.... She had a great life and she is in Heaven now with God and her father, whom she is a spitting image of, mentally and physically , a real scholar/ genius:) I will always love her and she will always be looking over me, like she did for 35 years. And I can'twait to get there with her , I love you"

This tribute was added by Vanice Qadah on 7th June 2013

"Dr. Gail Fahoome was truly  an amazing person. I admired her from the very first time I met her. She was an excellent professor.  I thought of her as a friend. You will always be with me Dr. Fahoome."

This tribute was added by Felix Moore on 7th June 2013

"Life is never more difficult then when a loved one leaves us. Momma Fahome had such a wide-reaching spirit and zest for life and her family. She was a lovely, kind and thoughtful person. She had an innate ability to make you feel special whenever she was around you."

This tribute was added by Anna Gersh on 6th June 2013

"I'd only really begun to get to know Dr. Fahoome in the last two years. She taught several of my doctoral courses. She had many students but when you got time with her, she was really present-ready to help and push you to think. In the last year, we became more friendly. She was such an interesting, thoughtful and authentic person. I really wish she'd had more time. A great loss."

This tribute was added by Tracy McDermott on 6th June 2013

"Gail brought us so many gifts when she came into our lives. That Gorgeous, seemingly ever present, smile always conveyed the joy that bubbled up out of her open mind & whole heart.  She was truly inspiring in so many ways.  I'm thankful for all of the time that we had together, but I;ll always wish that we had more.  I'll miss her always."

This tribute was added by Joe Smith on 6th June 2013

"She will always be one of the most compassionate, knowledgeable, and understanding individuals I will ever have known. God has already blessed her and may God bless those she loves for she will always be with us.

Joe Lee Smith"

This tribute was added by Monica Williams on 6th June 2013

"I remember all of Aunt Gail's stories about how crazy her kids were growing up! How dumbfounded we all were during her PhD defense & how smart she truly was. She always shared the deep knowledge and passion she had for so many things. Her brilliance came through her sense of humor and the one-liners she could crack on the spot like no one else! She will be loved always and sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Ann Fahoome on 6th June 2013

"Her accomplishments amaze me.  Gail was a beautiful and caring person.  Every relative, friend and student was touched just knowing her.  What a wonderful roll model she was to her children and grandchildren.  To her beautiful family, our hearts and prayers go out to you. Gail is gone too soon, but never forgoten in our hearts."

This tribute was added by N H on 6th June 2013

"Dr. Fahoome taught me many lessons in the classroom; however my most treasured lessons were outside the classroom.  It wasn’t necessarily what she said, but how she lived her life.  She will always be an example of determination, diversity and devotion.  She shared her love & warmth with all. To Dr. Fahoome’s family, thank you for sharing your treasure, she has made all our lives so rich."

This tribute was added by Derek Richardson on 6th June 2013

"What more can I say that hasn't already been said about my "Momma Fahoome".  She was a wonderful woman who touched all those around her.  She brought humor, joy, and love into any environment and made you feel like you were home around her.  I will truly miss "Momma Fahoome."

This tribute was added by Carla Howe on 6th June 2013

"Dr. Fahoome was an integral part of my doctoral studies at Wayne State. I can attribute so much of what I learned and what I put into practice in my current work to her. I am happy to have written her a letter after my final course last year, thanking her for the role that she played  to let her know how much she meant in my educational journey. She will be missed a great deal"

This tribute was added by Sharon Elliott on 6th June 2013

"I first knew Gail when she was an undergraduate student and then had the pleasure of working with her for many years as a colleague. She was hard working, competent and got right to the point in any discussion.  I enjoyed her sense of humor and our many talks together.   It is hard to think of the COE without her."

This tribute was added by JoAnne Holbert on 6th June 2013

"Gail was smart, funny and always willing to help a student understand something about statistics.  We shared lunch, stories about our children, complaints about our colleagues and laughs about books, movies and people.  Gail was so proud of Capella, i am glad I had a chance to see the latest movie and see Gail smile at the stories Capella told about getting the movie made. I miss her."

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Brogden on 6th June 2013

"If you did not get to meet or know her, you missed knowing a genuinely good person. She was so down to earth, fun and full of life. I feel so lucky!!!"

This tribute was added by Stacey Why on 6th June 2013

"This was one awesome woman!! I had the blessed opportunity of knowing her and I also know that heaven has received one amazing and special angel!  Everything about her was so kind and loving! With the greatest sense of humor!! She will truly be missed!!"

This tribute was added by Capella Fahoome Brogden on 6th June 2013

"You are so right Cuz Kristen!!!  She was a Woman to Watch!!!  Love you!!!"

This tribute was added by Kristen Sudnik on 6th June 2013

"Her wit, her humor, her extraordinary talents, and her overwhelming capacity to love. My aunt Gail was a woman to watch, because there was just so much to learn from and admire. She will continue to be an example for all of us."

This tribute was added by Capella Fahoome Brogden on 6th June 2013

"Thank you Felicia (Petey)!!  She loved alll my friends!  You guys always made her and my dad feel so loved!  Your right, she gave us all the very best of herself. And she didn't settle for anything but the best for herself!!  When she decided to go back to school - she got her BA, MS, then PhD!  She was sooooo amazing.  Once she decided to do something - you could consider it done!!!!"

This tribute was added by Linda Sudnik on 6th June 2013

"She was intelligent, warm, generous, kind and had the best sense of humor of anyone I know. She was my sister-in-law but I considered her a sister in every sense of the word."

This tribute was added by Felicia Verrett on 6th June 2013

"What to say about this wonderful spirit...She loved her family and extended her love to anyone (meeee) close to the family. A woman full of life, love and intelligence.  She always encouraged us to be our best, never judged us and advised us on ways to make ourselves better.  She gave us the best of herself and not one minute in her presence did you feel like you were not family just loved"

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