Ghana’s former President John Agyekum Kufour laid his big brother, Professor Emeritus Francis Addo Kufuor to rest in Kumasi over the weekend.
Professor Emeritus Francis Addo Kufuor was former Council Chairman, . He died at the age of 90.
The funeral was attended by lots of politicians, including presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Mr Freddie Blay, acting national chairman, Members of Parliament, and some stalwarts of the party attended the funeral to pay their last respect.
Emeritus Professor Francis Addo Kufuor was the Founding Father of the Department of Chemistry. A distinguished organic chemist, Kufuor’s research focused on natural products chemistry where he and his team explored many interesting indigenious plants.
He held several positions in the University including Head of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dean of the Board of Postgraduate Studies (now the School of Graduate Studies), Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the University Council, and became the first person to be appointed an Emeritus Professor by the University.
Francis Addo Kufuor was born in Kumasi on February 14, 1926. He attended the Kumasi Government Boys’ School from 1931 to 1936, Achimota College from 1937 to 1946 and the University of Bristol, England, from 1947 to 1954, where he obtained a BSc. (Honours) degree in Chemistry in 1950 and a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry in 1954.