M. Mobin Shorish

M. Mobin Shorish

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Dr. M. Mobin Shorish, of Herat (Afghanistan), Urbana (Illinois, USA) and Harrisonburg (Virginia, USA), passed away on Tuesday (April 12, 2016). He was an internationally recognized scholar and expert in Central Asian and Slavic Studies.

After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he stayed for more than 30 years. His comprehensive and extensive teaching and research experience included the economics of education, the educational access of ethnic minorities, and education in the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia.

He was a founding member of one of the first Muslim Students' Associations in America, and a founding member of the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center. He was also a tireless advocate for the rights and dignity of the Afghan people during almost 40 years of uninterrupted conflict.

He was an avid fisherman, gardener and chess player, and derived great pleasure from his koi pond.

A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ricka Shorish; his sister, Zieba Shorish-Shamley; his children, Jamsheed, Shaheen and Yasmeen; two grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a donation may be made to Sentara Hospice Services of Harrisonburg, to the University of Virginia Heart Failure Unit or to the Mayo Clinic Heart Research Center.

Thanks is given to all of those at Sentara Hospice Services, Continuing Care Home Health Services, RMH/Sentara Harrisonburg, and the University of Virginia Hospital System.