Dr. Ashraf Osh ElNaggar, AU Associate Professor of Accounting in the Falls School of Business, passed away suddenly on January 16, 2005. As a faculty member, Dr. ElNaggar’s primary teaching areas on the undergraduate level were Federal Income Taxation, Accounting Principles, Intermediate Accounting, Business Ethics and Finance. In the M.B.A. program, he has taught Accounting, Information Systems and Managerial Accounting. Prior to joining the Anderson University community, Dr. ElNaggar gained teaching experience at Manchester College, Indiana University at Fort Wayne, University of Kentucky, Lexington Community College, Indiana University at Indianapolis, Indiana University at Bloomington.
“Dr. ElNaggar took his calling, his teaching seriously,” said Dr. Terry Truitt, dean of the Falls School of Business. “In his teaching, he was demanding of his students, often stretching them beyond their comfort, but was always willing to meet with them one-on-one to make sure they reached his high standards.”
“Osh had a big heart,” Truitt continued. “In addition to his service as a teacher, Osh served Christ through extended mission work. He was always working to help others.”
“Osh was more than a professor, he was a friend that would take the time to listen and be a support whenever needed,” added Troy Jones, a management student who worked with Dr. ElNaggar through VITA and Students in Free Enterprise where ElNaggar mentored a team of students. “Every time we discussed ideas with him it was a learning experience as he shared many insights on how to operate in the business world, and more so in the Christian business world.”
Dr. ElNaggar earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University at Indianapolis, an M.B.A. in Accounting and Business Economics from Indiana University and a Doctorate in Accounting from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. He was a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Tax Professional. In addition, Dr. ElNaggar was a member of the Indiana Certified Public Accountant Society, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Society of Tax Professionals.
Dr. ElNaggar’s professionally related community activities included involvement with Church Street Commons, Inc., Indiana Men of Integrity, Inc., Midwest Men of Integrity, Inc., Families Forever Ministries, Inc., Higher Level Sports Ministry, Inc, Alpha Pregnancy Care Center, Operation Love Ministries, Alpha Pregnancy Care Center, and Anderson Community School Foundation. He also served for many years as the Volunteer Site Coordinator and Tax Return Preparer for the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and the State of Indiana Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
“We don’t realize what kind of a gap someone leaves until they’re gone,” said Frank Pianki, associate professor of business administration. “It’s remarkable how many people considered [Osh] their best friend.”
Visitation hours are scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Home located at 229 S. Rangeline Road, Anderson (765-643-7474). The funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at South Meridian Church of God located at 2402 Meridian, Anderson (643-6695). Burial will be in East Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to Operation Love (765-644-2121) or Stephen Ministries (765-643-6695).