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Updated on June 12, 2021

Ethiopians in the country and abroad mourn Professor Getatchew Haile, a giant Semitic philologist and a great champion of Ethiopianism.

The news about his death broke on Friday from the United States where he had been living for several decades. He was ninety years of age.

He was considered as the “foremost scholar of the Ge’ez language.” He has published several books including about Ethiopia’s ancient language that is still widely used in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Geez.

Deqiqa Estifanos, Andand Mastaweshawoch, Ge’ez Baqallalu, And Afta Lawgachihu, Bahra Hassab: Yezemen Qotera Qirsachen ( which is about Ethiopian Calendar configuration) , Yeabba Bahriy Dirsetoch, The Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s Tradition on the Holy Cross, and Voices from Däbrä Zämäddo: Acts of Abba Bärtälomewos and Abba Yohannes 45 Miracles of Mary were among the books he published.

Ethiopians in the country and abroad are mourning his death. Hundreds of thousands of status updates about his death.

Tsehai Berhane-Selassie wrote the following on the P2P Ethiopian forum about professor Getachew Haile : “Ethiopian courage and sensibility saw him through the different periods of revolution and to shine in his profession at which he excelled. His legacy is shining through the achievements of his children.May he rest him in peace and may God give condolences to his wife, W/o Misra,k and the rest of his wonderful family.”

Achamyeleh Tamiru, a vocal Ethiopian activist, wrote

“A giant tree has fallen! The renowned world-class Semitic philologist, historian, great patriot, and human rights advocate Pr. Getatchew Haile is no longer with us. Professor Getatchew, you were an angel on this earth, and you will be so sorely missed! I respect everything you have done for Ethiopia. Rest in eternal peace big man!

The family has disclosed on that funeral services will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021, at St. John’s Abbey Church, Collegeville, MN, 56321. Visitation from 9:00-10:30am, followed by the service at 10:30am.

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