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A Tribute to Margery Ismail

Margery IsmailWe are saddened to announce the April passing of Margery J. Ismail, former Director of International Student Services at Purdue.  Born in Hampshire, England, Margery and her husband A.H. Ismail moved to West Lafayette in 1959.  She served from 1983 through 1993 as the Director of International Student Services until retirement.  Important goals of hers were to build the number of international students at Purdue and help them integrate into the Purdue culture.   Margery was instrumental in founding the International Center that is located on campus and the Royal Overseas League in West Lafayette.  Upon leaving Purdue, she was awarded the status of Director Emerita.  She was later recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution through their award of the “Americanism Medal”, which is given to naturalized citizens for their living the American ideals of leadership, service, patriotism and trustworthiness.  During her lifetime, Margery visited over 100 countries.

Margery Ismail was known for her warmth and dedication.  She and her deceased husband, A.H. Ismail left a legacy at Purdue known as the A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise and Nutrition.  It was here that A.H. Ismail incorporated the values of Egyptian fitness and health into those in the U.S.  Their son Joe, is a professor of Hospitality &Tourism Management at Purdue.