The Tarpeh, Nmah and Lopez Families have announced with deepest regret the home going of Dr. Dominic N. Tarpeh, former Deputy Director of the Liberian Institute of Public Administration; former Vice President for Administration, University of Liberia; Former Senior Program Manager, Governance Commission; current Chairman of the Board, the University of Liberia.
This sad event occurred on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at his residence on the Old Congo Town Back Road, following a protracted illness. He was 74.
Dominic Nmah Tarpeh was born in Kumasi, Ghana on October 14, 1944 to the union of Mr. Anthony Nyepan Tarpeh and Madam Fannon Belloh. They were part of the sizeable number of Kru people that migrated to the then Gold Coast in the early part of the 20th century. Dominic and his younger brother James N. Tarpeh obtained their early education at a Catholic middle school in Accra, following the completion of which their father sent them to Liberia, at the invitation of one of their uncles working in Sanniquellie, Nimba County. Dominic and his brother enrolled in the Sanniquellie Central High School, where Dominic obtained his high school diploma. As top of his class, he won the W.V.S. Tubman scholarship awarded to all valedictorians and salutatorians throughout the country. That led Dominic to Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where obtained the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Leaving Cuttington where he did so well, Dominic was awarded a fellowship by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to study Public Administration, obtaining the Master’s and doctorate degrees. He returned home and became part of the group of young people that founded the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA).
In 1972 while doing the first part of his graduate work at University of Pittsburg, Dominic met and befriended a beautiful young lady from Trinidad and Tobago (the West Indies), named Verda Lopez. They were married on July 28 that same year and the marriage was blessed with three children — two daughters and a son.
During the war Dominic and his family he settled in Ghana, where he soon found employment with the Association of African Universities. It was these experiences with institutions of higher education that led him, upon his return to Liberia, to become involved with the University of Liberia. There he was appointed Vice President for Administration and later as Chairman of the UL Board of Trustees.
He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mrs. Verda Tarpeh, daughters Dwede and Tele Tarpeh, son Dominic, Jr. and a host of family and friends.
His remains are presently deposited at the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.