While Giving Back to Alma Mater, Hometown, Anthony Selli Dies

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The Late Anthony Selli

Retired Electronics, Electrical Engineer (USA), Former President, BWI Alumni Association, North America

Mr. Anthony Selli, an electronics and electrical engineer, who spent most of his professional life working in the United States of America (USA) and returned home with his wife and a passion to give back to their country, has died.

An accomplished electronics and electrical engineer who worked with three major American industrial enterprises, Honeywell, Wang Laboratories and EMC Corporation, Anthony returned home with his wife Georgia Mason Selli and built themselves a modern home in Paynesville, along the ELWA Highway.  Only recently he continued fulfilling his commitment by traveling both to the University of Liberia (UL) to teach Power Electronics, and to his alma mater, the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) to teach the electrical and electronics students—all free of charge.

Most unfortunately, this highly professional Liberian patriot took suddenly ill and on February 10, he died.

Anthony commenced his primary education in the Bolahun Episcopal Mission and later at the Bolahun Public School.  He later came to Monrovia and entered the Daniel E. Howard, a government elementary and junior high school.  In 1965 he was awarded a government scholarship and enrolled at BWI, where he studied Electricity.  He graduated with his high school diploma in 1968 and soon found employment with the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).  Anthony later joined LAMCO, the giant iron ore mining company, Buchanan branch. In 1970, at the age of 23, he left for the United States with only US$15 in his pocket.  He attended junior colleges in Philadelphia and San Francisco, before matriculating to the University of Lowell in Massachusetts, where he took the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

After working with Honeywell, and later Wang Laboratories for 10 years as senior power supply engineer, he joined EMC Corporation in Hopkinton, MA, where he worked for 20 years, following which he retired.

Determined to return home and give back to Liberia, Anthony Selli and his wife Georgia returned home in 2016, when he started teaching at UL and BWI.

He also had plans to help the people in Ndabahun, the town of his birth, by building a market, which he had planned to commence in April ensuing.  This has now been intercepted by his sudden death.

Anthony Ndebe Selli was born on April 28, 1947 in Nabahun, Kolahun District, Lofa County, to the union of Hennah and Kpannah Ouassay Selli, both farmers.

During his sojourn in the USA, Anthony, a passionate BWI alumnus, served twice as president of the BWI Alumni Association of North America, where he is said to have left significant financial resources upon retirement.

Before he departed for the USA he met and befriended young Ms. Georgia Mason, a relative of the famous Mason family of Arthington, Montserrado County.  The two met as neighbors growing up on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia.  Though he departed for the USA in 1970, he never forgot the girl he met on Camp Johnson road in 1969.  He had planned to send for her in 1989, but the war broke out in December that year.  However, he fulfilled his dream of reuniting with his childhood friend when he sent for her in May, 1991.  By now herself a graduate of the University of Liberia and a banking and accounting professional, having worked with Chase Manhattan Bank (Liberia) for 20 years, she arrived in the USA on May 10.  Two months later, on July 10, 1991 they were married.

The marriage was blessed with three children, a son and two daughters, all of whom are now married with children, blessing Anthony and Georgia so far with seven grandchildren.

Anthony Selli is survived by his widow, Mrs. Georgia Mason Selli, three children, Ndebe, an IT professional; Elsie Quasay, a teacher, and Yahlon, an architectural engineer; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Francis Ndebe, an architectural engineer working in USA,  Alphonso K., a retired Wall Street anti-terrorist security officer, and Othello Selli, a healthcare professional and a preacher in Texas.

On Thursday, March 15, a silent wake keeping will be held at the Sellis’ Paynesville residence, across from the Bible Way Mission on ELWA Highway.  On Friday, March 16 at 7:30 a.m., the body will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Home and the cortege will depart for the BWI Campus where the funeral service will be held.

The cortege will then depart for Ndambahun, Kolahun District, Lofa County, for interment.

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