[Vision2020] Fwd: Passing of Ghazi

Nicholas Gier ngier006 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 12:35:49 PST 2021

This is a great loss and a surprise. I've been communicating with him
regularly and his only issue appeared to be a successful recovery from
bladder cancer.
Ghazi and I were on the 3rd floor Admin for decades, but I only became
close to him when his sons decided to major in philosophy. The eldest Asif
is a professor at Princeton and has an international reputation in
neurobiology and psychology.
Ghazi's CV is impressive with dozens of articles in nearly all areas of
economics with a focus on economic history. He was devoted to showing that
Christians in the Middle Ages and our founding thinkers were influenced by
Islamic thought.
Our friendship deepened considerably after 9/11, when I resolved to know
more about Islam. Ghazi showered me with books and articles, more than I
was able to read. I started writing columns on Islamophobia and two of them
can be found at webpages.uidaho.edu/ngier/CivilRights.htm and more can be
found at nfgier.com (search Islam Muslim).
None of this work could have been done without Ghazi's encouragement and
bibliography. Our closest collaboration was on Vasco da Gama, hero to the
Portuguese but hated in India because of his slaughter of Hindus, Muslims,
and even Christians because they were not Roman Catholics.
Ghazi will be sorely missed. Condolences to his lovely wife and three

On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 10:11 PM Sunil Ramalingam <
sunilramalingam at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Very sorry to learn of his passing. We used to email each other privately,
> and he sent me several interesting articles and videos about India, some of
> which I shared with my family.
> Sunil
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> *Subject:* Re: [Vision2020] Fwd: Passing of Ghazi
> Ghazi was my hero. I will miss him so much. Moscow has losst a true
> friend..
> Debi R-S
> On 3/12/2021 10:00 AM, Tom Hansen wrote:
> Moscow, Idaho lost a close friend and hero yesterday.
> God bless you, Ghazi.
> Ghazi's Comments, Ghazi Bench Dedication (May 10, 2013)
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ez8qQo8joU&feature=youtu.be
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> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
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> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
> “A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met.”
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> *Date:* March 12, 2021 at 9:40:28 AM PST
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> <hesford at uidaho.edu>, "Gier, Nicholas (ngier at uidaho.edu)"
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> *Subject:* *Fwd: Passing of Ghazi*
> Liz will send me contacts for sympathy cards and messages and I will
> forward that to all.
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> *From:* Driver Home <driver at moscow.com> <driver at moscow.com>
> *Sent:* Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:13 PM
> *To:* Muneta, Joann (jmuneta at uidaho.edu); Myron Schreck; Rose, Alan (
> arose at uidaho.edu)
> *Subject:* Passing of Ghazi
> Dear LCHRTF,
> I received the following message from Amtul Siddiqui by Messenger, and, as
> requested, I am passing it onto you.  Please inform the community that Dr.
> Ghazanfar has passed.
> “Hello all.  I hope you are all keeping safe and healthy.
> I wanted to let you know that Dr Ghazanfar passed away today.  He had a
> sudden heart attack this afternoon and they could not revive him.  He had
> not been ill.  I wanted to share.  He will be buried tomorrow.
> Mr Driver - can you please pass along to any Moscow friends and the human
> rights task force friends. I would appreciate it. “
> Hugs to all.
> Toney Driver
> (208) 301-1496
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