Prof. George Adebisi Adebiyi
The city of Starkville will experience a boost of population this weekend as more than 200 guests troupe in for the final burial rights of Professor George Adebisi Adebiyi of the Mississippi State University who died on 8 October after a motor accident in Starkville Mississippi. Visitors are expected to fly in from Nigeria, United Kingdom and different cities of the United States, to pay tributes to the late Professor. The body of Prof. Adebiyi will be laid in state for visitation from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday, October 21. OnSaturday, the 22nd of October, a church service will be held at 11 am. Both events will be held at Firs tBaptist Church. The body will be finally laid to rest at the Memorial Gardens cemetery, Starkville. Adebiyi who hailed from Nigeria, came to the USA in 1984 as a visiting Professor on Sabbatical Leave to Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi and later on took on appointment with Mississippi State University as an Associate Professor at the department of Mechanical Engineering. He eventually rose to the position of Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1991 until retirement in 2010. As Professor Emeritus, he was still involved in academic activities as visiting Professor to Bowen University in Nigeria and taught summer school at Mississippi State from 2010 until his death on the 8th of October 2016. Born in the town of Igosun in Nigeria, George Adebiyi was one of five children - two boys and three girls - born to a father who was a Baptist minister and civil service worker, and a school-teacher mother. He obtained his B.S., (1st Class Hons.) in 1969 and the PhD. Degrees in March 1973 from the University of Manchester, England. He later obtained Diploma in Further Education (a University of Leeds Award) from Huddersfield Polytechnic, England, in 1977. After his graduation from the university, he occupied many positions in the private sector and academic world where he occupied progressively responsible positions, including - Trainee Field Engineer, Shell-BP (Nig.) Ltd., Lagos, Nigeria (1973); Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria (1973-1975); Faculty/Head of Department/Director of School, Kwara State College of Technology, Ilorin, Nigeria(1975-1979); Rector (College President), The Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Nigeria (1979-1985). Dr. Adebiyi had a distinguished academic career and specialized in areas related to Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics and Fluids, Advanced Energy Systems, Solar Energy Applications, Engineering Analysis. He was the author or co-author of three books on thermodynamics. In particular, he co-authored (with Dr. Lynn D. Russell) the Classical Thermodynamics textbook (originally published in 1993 by Saunders Publishing), which has also been translated into Spanish by Addison-Wesley. The Spanish version, Termodinámica Clásica, was published in 1997. Dr. Adebiyi was the recipient of the 1991 Outstanding Research Paper Award of the College of Engineering, and a Co-Recipient of the 1997 Outstanding Research Paper Award of the College of Engineering. His research interest later extended to energy which led him to establish "Solar Barber's Shop" at the Bowen University, Iwo Nigeria while there as visiting Professor from Mississippi State University. Just less than a week before his death, Dr. Adebiyi proudly launched the Lawrence and George Adebiyi Solar Energy Institute. He found and funded the construction of the Institute at Oluponna, Osun State, Nigeria. The mission of the Institute is to help and empower individuals and communities to achieve sustainable energy independence by acquiring the knowledge and ability to install and maintain solar energy systems. On the Spiritual side, Dr. Adebiyi was a true child of God who loved God with all his heart and his fellow men – thereby fulfilling the commandments of God as summarized by Jesus. The cloud of witnesses and testimonies received since his passing on to glory is a pointer to how effectively he had impacted people around him – besides his immediate family members. His mode of living rhymed with Paul's statement: "If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men" (Romans 12:18). He touched many lives and was a mentor for many foreign students, particularly those from Africa – and Nigeria in particular. Finally, he loved his family. He celebrated over 30 years of marital bliss with his wife, Iyabo. His first marriage was to Mary. Both marriages were blessed with seven children - Adenike, Debo, Aderonke, Remi, Oluronke, AdeDoyin and Deola. They also had a beautiful troupe of eight grandchildren, from ages 21 to 1 - Seyi, Damilola, Jackson, Hannah, Isaiah, Victoria, and Elijah.
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