NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — One of the people confirmed dead in the militant attack on a shopping mall in Kenya is a former writing instructor at Stony Brook University on Long Island.
Kofi Awoonor, a Ghanaian poet, professor and former ambassador to Brazil, Cuba and the United Nations, died after being wounded in the attack, Ghana’s presidential office confirmed.
Awoonor taught creative writing and African literature at Stony Brook for six years in the 1970s. He also received his Ph.D. from the school.
Dr. William Arens, Vice Provost and Dean of Global Affairs at Stony Brook, said Awoonor’s death was “very upsetting.”