Makerere University Management, staff and students paid tribute to Prof. Johnson Opio Acon during a service that took place at St. Luke Church Ntinda on January 20, 2020. The fare thee well ceremony was also attended by the late Professor’s family and friends and government officials.
Prof. Acon joined Makerere University in 1979 as a Special Assistant in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies. He gradually rose through the ranks to the position of Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Department of Veterinary Pharmacy, Clinical and Comparative Medicine, CoVAB, a position he occupied until his death.
Makerere University commended the late for his selfless service and positive impact on the current and next generation of practitioners of Veterinary Medicine. He was also praised for his humility, love for the University and Nation and association with people from all walks of life regardless of academic standing.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University described Prof. Acon as a well-cultured Professor who exemplified quality, ethics, standards and professionalism in all manner and form.
“Prof. Acon observed traits suitable of a great academician. In his time of service with the University, he mentored many veterinary professionals and was very instrumental in disseminating knowledge to students and staff. He will be greatly missed by the University and the country at large. He leaves a permanent mark at Makerere University,” said Prof. Nawangwe.
The Principal CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa acknowledged Prof. Acon’s sacrifices towards the development of CoVAB and pledged to emulate him when he said: “He nurtured us and in memory of what he taught us, we shall deliver our best for the betterment of the College and Makerere University.”
He commended the late Prof. Acon for his distinguished and dedicated service towards Makerere University which led to his appointment as Senior Veterinary Surgeon at the Department of Veterinary Pharmacy, Clinical and Comparative Medicine.
In his speech, the former Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera praised Prof. Acon for being a God-fearing man and thanked the Church for molding his character. He appealed to parents to raise God-fearing and intelligent children.
Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, the former Chairperson Makerere University Council said that Prof. Acon will always be remembered for his honesty, humor, integrity and kindness. He extended his heartfelt condolences to family, friends and relatives of Prof. Acon and called upon God to strengthen them during the trying moment.
Speaking on behalf of the family, the late Prof. Acon’s children, Mr. Andy Acon, Ms. Anita Acon and Ms. Alma Acon referred to their father as a friendly, caring and loving man who always encouraged them to believe that they can achieve their dreams.
“Our father was a provider who worked hard to meet our needs. He believed in integrity and impacted his personality traits on us. It is well with his soul,” they said.
Ms. Alma Acon applauded their mother Mrs. Sophie Acon for loving and caring for their father and thanked mourners for the support and comfort rendered to them during their time of loss.
Prof. Johnson Opio Acon passed away on 15th January 2020 at Kampala Independent Hospital. He will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Ogengo, Aloi, Alebtong District on 22nd January 2020.