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Dr. Godwin Chukwunenye Duru

Dr. Godwin Chukwunenye Duru, aged 72, was born on December 26th, 1948 and passed away on December 28th, 2020 after a brief illness. He was the second oldest in a family of 8 children. Godwin was born to Mr. James and Virginia Duru in Umunumo Mbano Imo State, Nigeria. Godwin spent his early years serving at St. Columba’s parish as a church secretary, and at one point gave strong consideration to becoming a priest. Over time and after receiving advice from family and friends, Godwin decided that he wanted to make an impact on others a different way, through education.

After graduating from high school, Godwin worked several odd jobs in an effort to save enough money to travel to the United States to further his studies. One of his positions was with Federal Ministry of Labor in Lagos, Nigeria. He was finally able to accomplish his goal in 1975, traveling to the United States at the age of 27. He obtained his first degree in Economics (BA) from the University of Dallas and a Master’s degree in Economics (MA) from Morgan State University in Baltimore. He went on complete his PhD in Agricultural Economics with an emphasis on International Development at The Ohio State University located in Columbus, Ohio. After nearly 28 years of teaching, he completed his career at Ohio Dominican University, also located in Columbus, as Professor Emeritus, retiring at the age of 67 back in 2016. He is survived by his wife Tonia Duru, son Obi Duru, two brothers, one sister, several nieces, nephews and many cousins.

Due to our current global health situation, a very small and private funeral service and burial will be held on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.


  • Mr. Athanasius Agwuh Posted January 4, 2021 9:51 PM

    That is a well documented biography of Dr. Duru that I remember . Just to complete the note of his numerous accomplishments he rose to the rank of a Chf. Clark while he worked for the federally ministry of labor.. he will be surely missed

  • Leo H. Madden Posted January 5, 2021 6:32 AM

    Dr. Duru was my colleague on the faculty at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio for more than 25 years. We quickly discovered a shared experience of West African life, as I had been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone. He was a constant source of wisdom and humor, and I miss him. As they say in Mende, “God go with you.”

  • John Grant Posted January 5, 2021 6:39 AM

    Godwin was a colleague of mine at Ohio Dominican University. We also shared being Associates of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. He was a kind and gentle soul. He is missed at Ohio Dominican and in the Associate’s Group. May he rest in peace.

  • Bill Vensel Posted January 5, 2021 7:09 AM

    I was very sorry to hear of Godwin’s passing. He was an inspirational teacher and a wonderful colleague at ODU. Whenever we chatted in the hall, he would always say on leaving, “God bless you, Bill.” And so I say now, “God bless you, Godwin! Rest In Peace!”

  • Vicki Lefevre Posted January 5, 2021 7:53 AM

    Godwin was a dear friend of mine at Ohio Dominican University. He was a peaceful, loving man, and I am blessed to have called him “friend.” May he rest in eternal peace.

  • Steve Thomas Posted January 5, 2021 8:48 AM

    We were colleagues, Godwin and I, for only a few years at ODU, but I shall always remember his welcoming kindness and good humor. He meant the “God bless”: one felt it. May he rest in peace.

  • Justina Posted January 5, 2021 10:47 AM

    Antho. Nwannem, ndo oo
    I am praying to God to find the best way to console you.
    May your husband’s gentle soul Rest In Peace!!

  • Marlissa Kay Stauffer Posted January 5, 2021 11:22 AM

    I have missed having Godwin at ODU because he was always a bringer of peace to me.His faith encouraged me. Although I am saddened to have him gone from this world, I delight in knowing he is truly home, and I will see him again some day.

  • Vero Omoyosi Posted January 5, 2021 11:30 AM

    Dear sister, please accept our condolences. May the good Lord accept him. May He comfort you and Obi, please take heart. God be with you in Jesus name amen. Bdo biko. kasie.

  • Jeremy Glazier Posted January 5, 2021 12:09 PM

    For a few years, my office was across the hall from Godwin’s. He was always kind and friendly, and I remember fondly that we shared a love of Shakespeare. My first memory of him, in fact, is hearing him read a sonnet on Shakespeare’s birthday back in 2004 or ’05. He is missed.

  • Shella Seckel Posted January 5, 2021 12:13 PM

    I worked with Godwin for several years at ODU and I’m so very sorry to hear of his passing. He was an amazing colleague andI miss his infectious smile. We will be thinking of his whole family during these times.

  • Nnenna Ezeigwe Posted January 5, 2021 12:39 PM

    I can only imagine how hard this is for you Tones. I encourage you to be strong knowing that you were excellent in providing the succor Prof needed in his life time. Only God knows why at this time. We shall miss him sorely and pray he finds rest in the Lord.

  • Sr. JoAnn Hohenbrink< O.P. Posted January 5, 2021 1:30 PM

    Godwin was a Colleague of mine at Ohio Dominican University. He was also an Associate member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. He indeed was a brother that lived – ‘be peace, build peace, preach peace’

  • Chinyere Nzeduru Posted January 5, 2021 1:33 PM

    Accept my deepest condolences, Anto and Obi on the passing of Prof. I can imagine how difficult it is for you at this time but I trust the Lord will strengthen you and provide you with the fortitude to cope with the vacuum of his demise. May God grant Prof eternal rest.

  • Ozichi, Uzoma, & Amara Fah Posted January 5, 2021 2:29 PM

    I remember Uncle Duru for his kindness to us. He was the godfather who always cared that we were well. We will miss you. May you rest in Peace.

  • Judy Hardy, OPA Posted January 5, 2021 8:45 PM

    Godwin was a kind, thoughtful, gentle man who was a cherished member of our Dominican Associate Joyful Mysteries Group. May he rest in peace.

  • Chinedu Ezeigwe (Mrs) Posted January 5, 2021 9:20 PM

    Goddy as we fondly call him was a man of distinguished personality, with good heart full of love and faith in God.
    No one can and nothing can fill the void created by his absence.
    He was truly a blessing to his family and to us all, .
    We will deeply miss him .
    Take heart Tonia, in as much as he’s no longer physically present, he’d been assigned a role to watch over you and his son Obi, bear in mind that those we love do not go away.
    Dr Goddy, may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

  • Damian Paris Posted January 6, 2021 2:40 AM

    We have been with you in spirit Antonia this woeful day tracing the cohort of life of my brother Prof as we use to call him remembering how we use to narrate our life on the phone He did not merit this kind of death May his soul Rest In Peace Take heart

  • Louis Ezeigwe Posted January 6, 2021 3:33 AM

    I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Prof Godwin C Duru on the passing of this legend , loving father , uncle , brother and my dear brother-Inlaw ;married to my baby sister Antho for about four decades. All I can say at this moment is to thank God for the gift of Godwin to the families of Duru and Ezeigwe. He impacted positively on those who crossed paths with him. May Almighty God receive his gentle soul , grant him and all the faithful departed by His Grace eternal rest. My dear sister ,Antho and nephew Obi , please take heart and do not mourn like those who have no faith. It’s difficult to think that the person you have spent more than 75% of your adult life is no more. Our All Knowing God , will truly console you and give you solace. With God, you have everything. My dear brother Inlaw Professor Goddy, Chukwunyere Duru, rest in the bosom of the Lord until we meet at the resurrection when we shall part no more. Louis Ezeigwe

  • Kathleen Riley Posted January 6, 2021 3:04 PM

    Godwin Duru was a prince of a man…as fellow Dominican Associate, and friend…I well recall our conversation over lunch when he retire, after many Professor, who inspired his colleagues as well as his students. Well done, good and faithful servant…Rest in Peace.

  • Anthonia Duru Posted January 7, 2021 5:51 AM

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words and prayers. My better half lived a good Christian life and a truly supportive husband and father. He will forever live in my heart. It is hard to believe he is no longer with his Ugo as he affectionately call me.. Special thanks to ODU community for the beautiful flower. I appreciate you all at the school where he felt completely at home and love going to work. Dr Duru can only be found at two places, ODU or at home. We love him but God love him more..
    Mrs. Tonia Duru.

  • Maame and Francesca Owusu-Arhin Posted January 7, 2021 9:28 AM

    Uncle Duru as we knew him was always warm and welcoming. Whenever we were in Columbus he would make time to spend with us, Ken and Nana. It is with sadness that we learnt of his passing. May the Good Lord grant him eternal rest in His bosom. Our sincerest condolences Auntie Ugo and Obi.

  • Michael Turton and Isabelle Nwodi Posted January 7, 2021 3:49 PM

    It is with great sadness to hear of uncle Godwin’s passing,I pray that our good lord grant his soul eternal rest and may he comfort the families he left behind. Aunty Tonia i extend our heartfelt condolence at this sad time.

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