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In Memory of

William S.N. Ibrahim

January 7, 1933 - September 2, 2017

Obituary




William Siti Naguib Ibrahim



William Siti Naguib Ibrahim was born on January 7, 1933 in Asyut, Egypt, the second of three sons born to Naguib and Effa Ibrahim. Siti excelled in school and was admitted to the Alexandria University School of Medicine in 1952. He received his medical degree in 1958. After working for one year in a hospital in Egypt, Siti moved to Libya to work as a general physician.



In 1963 he moved to Hull, England where he studied and specialized in Ophthalmology. In 1965 shortly before moving...



William Siti Naguib Ibrahim



William Siti Naguib Ibrahim was born on January 7, 1933 in Asyut, Egypt, the second of three sons born to Naguib and Effa Ibrahim. Siti excelled in school and was admitted to the Alexandria University School of Medicine in 1952. He received his medical degree in 1958. After working for one year in a hospital in Egypt, Siti moved to Libya to work as a general physician.



In 1963 he moved to Hull, England where he studied and specialized in Ophthalmology. In 1965 shortly before moving back to Libya he met Phebe Riad who was finishing her Fellowship of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons. They married in London on December 22, 1966 and moved to Tripoli, Libya where they practiced in a shared medical office.



On September 1st 1969, 4 days before the birth of their first child, Ramy, Phebe and Siti’s lives were disrupted by the military coup in Libya. Within months they left the country, traveled to Europe and Lebanon, then immigrated to the US in October 1970, settling in the DC area. Within 5 years they had welcomed two additional members to the family, their son Mark and daughter Monica.



Siti practiced medicine for 35 more years in the US, serving as Chief of Ophthalmology with Group Health Association and Humana before finishing his career with Kaiser Permanente. As a physician, he was respected and beloved by colleagues and patients alike.



Siti had a great passion for music which he inherited from his father, a well-known songwriter among the Christian community in Egypt. He played the accordion and often led the singing in his church. He also loved to fish and spend time at his second home on the Potomac River in Cabin Point, Virginia.



Siti’s driving life force was his Lord’s service. He ministered actively in the Bethesda Christian Assembly for more than 45 years. He traveled on several occasions to Kenya performing cataract surgeries at the Lighthouse for Christ Mission in Mombasa. He translated letters sent in Arabic from listeners to The Message of Grace and Truth on the Arabic Radio Broadcast. He served as a trustee for the Fund for Christian Service. For the past twenty years he faithfully composed and distributed a daily devotional email to friends and family.



Siti is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Phebe; two sons, Ramy and his wife Lilly, and Mark; his daughter Monica Gainey and her husband Kevin; 6 grandchildren, Alex, Michael, Daniela, and Andrea Ibrahim and Phebe and Levi Gainey; and his brother Ramses and his wife Mary. He also leaves behind many brothers and sisters in law, nieces, and nephews. Siti was preceded in death by his mother, father, and younger brother Menes.