Engelbert Ssekasozi

Engelbert Ssekasozi died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Christian Northeast Hospital in St. Louis. He was 73 years old.

Dr. Ssekasozi was born Nov. 7, 1936, to Francis Xavier Matovu and Anna Maria Nabitaka in Kampala, Uganda. He married Phyllis E. Hale on Sept. 7, 1963.

Nothing if not a scholar, Dr. Ssekasozi received numerous degrees throughout the course of his life, according to his family. He received a doctorate in philosophy from MU, as well as a doctorate in adult education from the University of Kansas. He also received a law degree from the University of LaSalle in Chicago and master’s degrees from both the University of Tennessee and the University of Kansas.

Dr. Ssekasozi shared his knowledge as a professor of philosophy at Knoxville College, Makerere University in Kampala and most recently Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

In 1999, he published a book titled "A Philosophical Defense of Affirmative Action."

Dr. Ssekasozi was also a religious man. He studied at Kisubi Roman Catholic Seminary in Uganda and attended Wright’s Temple in Columbia.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and his three sons, Joseph, John and Charles, all of Columbia.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at H.T. May and Son Funeral Home, 2207 Holly Ave. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, Tenn.

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