Tigrai Online Feb. 22, 2013
“For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8).
Mr. Zemen Lebne-Dengel was born on January 15th, 1952 to Grazmach Lebne-Dengel Desta and Beletech Woldearegay in Endaba Gerima, Adwa, Ethiopia.
Having completed his elementary education at Queen Sheba in Adwa, he moved to Addis Ababa and attended his secondary education. He completed grade 12 at a special program called Beedemariam Preparatory School. Mr. Zemen was such an outstanding student that he received a present from Emperor Haileselassie I. He also won a Fulbright scholarship which brought him to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States of America. Mr. Zemen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at MIT. BSc (1973), MS (Master of Science, 1974), and EE ( Electrical Engineer, 1976).
After graduating from MIT, Mr. Zemen was hired as a lecturer at Howard University. Mr. Zemen then decided to take a computer engineering position at Hewlett Packard’s Fort Collins, Colorado location. He had worked for HP and lived in Colorado for several years, during which he married his wife of 25 years.
May his soul rest in peace!
Mr. Zemen and his family then moved to Maryland, where he taught networking classes at Morgan State University. After working for Morgan, he took a position at the University of Maryland University College’s IT department, where he worked until his retirement.
Mr. Zemen had a strong desire and passion to help the people of his beloved native country, Ethiopia. He was an ardent supporter of the student movement to overthrow the monarchy and later the military junta. Additionally, he was one of the founders of Tigray Development Association (TDA) and participated in various endeavors to establish a better Ethiopia.
Mr. Zemen passed away on February 19th, 2013, at the age of 61 after receiving treatment for his ailment. Mr. Zemen is survived by his wife, Mebrat Gesese, and three daughters, Betsir, Rahel, and Martha.