The Casab family is mourning the loss of Dr. Zeia Casab Rueda. He began his journey towards our Lord God on 8/18/2017. He will reunite with his parents Tobias and Julia, and his siblings Jasibi, Kamal, Juanita and Nagib and Ulises I.
He leaves his brothers Alfredo, María, Ulises, Hector, Hugo, Homero and Juliette, along with his beloved wife Janet and children Zeia, Armin and Zerlina, who will pray for the salvation of his eternal soul.
Dr. Zeia was born in 4/25/1931, in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, México. He attended the University of México City in 1961. After graduating, he cared for the sick and injured sugar cane workers in Northern Mexico. In 1968, he was an on-site physician during the Olympic Games in México.
In 1970 he moved to the United States, becoming the first Mexican of Chaldean-Iraqi origin to obtain a degree in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, a Professor at Wayne State University and a volunteer for the World Hispanic Soccer Association.
Dr. Zeia’s mission was to help people, regardless of their race, status or economic situation. He lived up to this principle, every single day. The concept of serving others, of giving back and paying forward the fortune of good health, and a happy family he had received from God.
Among his many accolades, the Chaldean Federation of America made him the recipient of the prestigious Humanitarian Award. He was also recognized by The Detroit Chamber of Commerce by the Mexican Consulate of Detroit, and by the Detroit Free Press for his relentless efforts on behalf of his community.
His passion for medicine was a given, but his respect for human life, and his honest desire to serve people in need was even greater. He will be truly missed, but his humanitarian legacy will live on.