Prof. Oluwole Adebo passed away in Marietta, GA on September 22, 2012. He was born August 16, 1944 to Chief Simeon and Regina Adebo. His education spanned several countries: Nigeria, the United Kingdom and United States of America. He received a doctorate degree from the University of Ibadan and completed his General Surgery residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, New York. He also completed residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Providence, Rhode Island and became a lecturer and Director of Emergency Medical Services at Highland Hospital, Rochester, New York.
A recent clip from his journal reads, "A spiritual rebirth in 1976 altered my life, goals, and perspectives. Working for God became the defining motivation for my endeavors. My motivation for diligence, integrity, and excellence was to please God who gave me purpose".
As of 1987, Wole was a professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, where he also held positions as Head of the Department of Surgery, and Dean. After retiring, God called him to serve with the Nigerian Baptist Convention as Provost of the Bowen University College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Iwo and Chief Medical Director of the Bowen University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), Ogbomosho. These were extremely demanding positions with campuses in two different states. In November 2011, Wole fell ill, and began rigorous treatments in the U.S. In the midst of these he made several excruciating trips to Nigeria and back, shuttling between both Bowen campuses. He initially set his term for 2 years, but extended it to relentlessly pursue accreditation for both institutions. This became a reality in July 2012, and Bowen became the only private university with a teaching hospital in Nigeria.
Wole was greatly appreciated all over the world; gifted in teaching and performing surgery in the U.S., U.K., Singapore, and Nigeria. He was a member of several professional societies: the World Heart Federation, the Canadian Society of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS), West African College of Surgeons (WACS), Nigerian Cardiac Society (NCS); and served as president of Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) of Nigeria. He was a Fellow of various medical bodies, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, American College of Chest Physicians, and the International College of Surgeons.
Above all else, Wole's faith and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ were his driving force. He was heavily involved in the Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES), where he mentored students and medical professionals. He was president of the Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA) until June 2012. Mission work was of utmost importance to him, and he founded the Macedonia Foundation which funds missions to rural areas.
Wole was extremely loving, hard working and a man of high ethical standards. His honesty and integrity were without question. Corruption was an abomination to him and he maintained strict adherence to all the values, morals, and ideals he believed in. He was great and, as the saying goes, "Great men leave footprints in the sands of time".
Wole was an avid jogger and loved watching as well as participating in sports including tennis, swimming, and cross country skiing. He was passionate about classical music.
Wole leaves behind his loving wife of 43 years, Beatrice Taiwo Adebo, 3 daughters: Tola Adebonojo (husband Anthony), Bisi Adesina (husband Dokun) and Tayo Adebo, 2 grandchildren: Daniel and Joy Adebonojo, his 91 yr old mother: Regina Adebo, a sister: Ambassador Funlayo Adebo-Kiencke (husband Tilo) as well as 2 brothers: Biodun and Dipo Adebo.
The family will have a Service of Songs on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm followed by a reception at H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill, 1157 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30068. Funeral service will be held Friday, October 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Mt. Paran Church of God.