The USIU-Africa community held a memorial at the Library Bookshop on Friday March 10, to celebrate the life of Dr. Thomas Sheridan Gale (Professor Emeritus of International Relations) who served as a faculty member for 26 years.

Former members of faculty and staff who worked closely with him during his tenure at USIU-Africa described an affable, kind and again generous man, whose thrifty lifestyle enabled him to donate his earnings to the foundation named after him – a foundation that has funded scholarships for countless young people who had no other means of continuing their education.

Both students and teachers from several primary and secondary schools in Nairobi County gave glowing tributes to the man they described as more than a father to them. The Ministry of Education’s Ruth Owuor recounted how Dr. Gale’s support for the education of girls made a difference to countless young women who today owe their futures, to his generous support.

Dr. Gale joined USIU-Africa in 1974 and taught history, international relations and political science but later retired as a Political Science Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, in 2013.

Aside from his rich baritone voice that was the hallmark of countless commencement ceremonies in USIU-Africa, Dr. Gale will be remembered for being an intellect, a sportsman and a philanthropist who made a difference to the communities he lived and worked in.

He leaves behind a rich legacy that will continue inspiring former students, fellow residents at the YMCA, and countless other lives he touched in the course of his colorful life of selfless service.