Dr. Mohammed Mike El-Attrache, 75, a resident of Abilene since 1965, passed away Saturday Morning, May 17, 2008.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Tuesday, May 20, at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 HWY 277 South. His funeral service with Dr. Jeff Reid officiating will be held at 2:00PM, Wednesday, May 21 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Masonic graveside rites will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, Garden of Ten Commandments.
Mike was born in Jebel Druze, Syria. Upon graduating from Brumann High School in Lebanon, he came to the United States in 1952 to further his education at Texas Christian University where he obtained both a Bachelors and Masters Degree. He met and married his wife, Shirley Heinemeyer, in 1957. He later completed his academic education with a Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. El-Attrache moved to Abilene in 1965 and began his tenure at McMurry University. For nearly a quarter century as a Political Science Professor, he developed and chaired the Department of Political Science and was instrumental in creating the Pre-Law Program, Para-Legal Studies and the West Texas Model United Nations WTMUN Program. In addition, Dr. El-Attrache touched many lives through the sponsorship and advisement of over 40 international students for the pursuance of a higher education at McMurry and other universities.
Along with finding a successful career and rewarding profession in Abilene, Mike along with his wife Shirley created an open and caring household for their three sons, numerous relatives and family friends.
Academically, Dr. El-Attrache was an honorary member of the National Historical Society Phi Alpha Theta, the American Political Science Association Pi Sigma Alpha and the Romance Languages Association Phi Sigma Iota. He spent the majority of his academic career focusing on Middle Eastern affairs and chaired and led many panel discussions on the volatile subject. This information and expertise was sought by numerous circulations and resulted in authorship and quotes in several published articles.
Mike was also a member of the Norman, Oklahoma Masonic Lodge, No. 38, a Knight Templar York Rite Masonic and a Shriner.
Mike will be greatly missed by multitudes of relatives and his immediate family. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his eldest son, David and wife Lisa, his youngest son John and wife Stacie; grandchildren Morgan, Parker and Stone.
His loving son Mark, preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McMurry University, M. El-Attrache WTMUN Scholarship andor any Masonic Charity.
Our hearts were broken when we heard the news. We shall miss you dearly, Uncle Mike.
Ossmat and Sawsan JurdiGranada Hills, CA
David and Lisa and family: I am deeply sorry for the loss of your father. I know he will be missed by all of you. I never got the chance to meet him, but by the love and respect in the way you talked of him he must have been a great man. If I can help with your loss in any way, please call.
Randy RogersArlington, TX
Dear John, Stacie, and family,
Lou and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad, fatherinlaw, and grandfather. Your dad was always so nice to me and my family, and I know he will be missed by so many others as well. We are thinking about you and your family during this difficult time.
With Love and Sympathy,
Mary Urban and Lou Bladel
Mary BladelWashington, DC
We have your family in our thoughts and prayers. I have great memories of when we guys would be working on Davids car or boat or something and his Dad coming out with advise, that we needed.
scott senterAbilene, TX
I am really sorry to hear about your dad. You and your family are in our prayers at this difficult time.
Becki ZumwaltWombleLockhart, TX
Mike was a real friend and a true gentleman. I am sorry to hear of his death. Alas, my brother
Doug PriceAbilene, TX