Marion Farouk-Sluglett died February 25, 1996, after a long and courageous battle against cancer, a few days before her 60th birthday.
She was born Marion Wogatzki in Berlin on March 1, 1936. After a childhood of considerable privation during and after the Second World War she left Germany for Iraq with her mother and step-father in 1954. She married Omar Farouk Mahmoud in 1957; they had two sons, Marwan and Shaalan, in 1958 and 1961. In February 1963 Farouk was killed by the Ba'th, and Marion returned to Germany with the boys. She began to study at Humboldt University almost immediately, and received her doctorate in 1973 for a thesis on late 19th and early 20th century Iraq. In the course of a visit to London in August 1970 she met Peter Sluglett; they married in 1973, and the family moved to England in the fall of 1974. Marion taught part time at Durham University, at University College Dublin, and had a research fellowship for two years at the University of Leiden. In 1989 she was appointed Lecturer in Politics at the University of Wales, Swansea. In the fall of 1994 she and Peter came to Salt Lake, where she was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah.Marion was well known internationally for her work on contemporary Iraq and on other aspects of modern Middle Eastern history. Even more important to her than her academic life was her family, her husband, her two sons and their families and her niece Vivian. She was thrilled at the birth of her grandson Joe in November 1994, and drew great strength from being with him in London and Salt Lake.
She is survived by her husband, Peter; sons, Marwan Farouk (Claire Bonner) and Shaalan Farouk (Nelida Fuccaro); grandson, Daniel Joseph Farouk; mother, Anna Wogatzki; nieces, Vivian Hanjohr and Livia Wogatzki; nephew, Frank Wogatzki; mother-in-law, Marjorie Sluglett; sister-in-law, Judith Sluglett Borodkine (Pierre Borodkine).
A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, February 29, at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Utah Languages and Communications Building (LNCO), Room 2100; the funeral will take place in London next week.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Marion Farouk-Sluglett Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Middle East Center, University of Utah.
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