Dr. Ebrahim “Abe” Fakouri, 91, was born in Kerman, Iran in 1931. As a boy, he worked ahead in school and tutored other children, foretelling his long career as an educator. Initially, however, he aspired to be a diplomat. He studied law, philosophy, and education at the University of Tehran in the 1950s.
Abe arrived at Indiana University Bloomington for graduate studies in 1959. Wishing to understand people better, he studied psychology. Abe's student days were happy; he developed lifelong friendships and met his beloved wife, Carolyn. After earning his doctorate in 1964, he taught briefly at Miami University of Ohio before he and Carolyn settled in Terre Haute and taught at Indiana State University until they retired. Abe authored many articles and taught courses in psychology as well as statistics.
Abe’s deep belief in education, interest in global affairs, and ability to relate to others extended throughout his life. He was a mentor and a loyal friend to many. In retirement he and Carolyn enjoyed travelling internationally and being grandparents. His conversations—usually shared over a cup of hot tea—included wry humor, references to geopolitical history, and poetry. His wisdom and kindness linked cultures and generations.
Abe is predeceased by his dear wife Carolyn and two brothers. He is survived by his children, Dr. Bejan Fakouri and Maryam Fakouri; grandchildren, Haley Fakouri and John Fakouri; and numerous family members and friends throughout the world.
A celebration of life will take place on Sunday, January 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Hulman Memorial Student Union at Indiana State University, 200 N 8th St. Terre Haute, IN, 47809.