David Mburu, a lecturer in the department of African and African American studies at the University of Kansas, died on October 30 in at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He was 51 years old.
A native of Kenya, Mburu taught courses in the language of Kiswahili and popular culture in East Africa. He had been on the faculty at the university for nearly four years. Earlier, Dr. Mburu taught at the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolutions on the campus of California State University, Sacramento.
Peter Ojiambo, associate professor and coordinator of African languages at the University of Kansas, stated that Dr. Mburu “was a man of great character, a talented intellectual, a gifted and dedicated teacher and a wonderful colleague who brought enormous experience and excellence to our language program.”
Clarence Lang, chair of the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas, added that “David Mburu was a colleague of extraordinary warmth, humility, humor and intellect.”
Dr. Mburu held a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi in Kenya.