Omaha has lost one of its rising stars in public health.
Rahman Alim Strum, 30, was executive director of the Omaha Area Health Education Center, was active in the North Omaha Community Care Council and served on the board of the Public Health Association of Nebraska.
The Omahan died Tuesday at Creighton University Medical Center, said his father, Richard Strum of Bellevue.
Rahman Strum was riding a 1982 Suzuki motorcycle when he was injured June 21 in a two-vehicle accident at 36th Street and Paxton Boulevard. He had been scheduled for discharge from the hospital the day he died, said his mother, Veronica Washington of Atlanta. An autopsy has been scheduled, she said.
Strum was a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health's masters of public health program and was a Ph.D. student in the University of Nebraska at Omaha's health care informatics program. His bachelor's degree also was from UNO.
“His whole life was about helping others,” his mother said.
Dr. Mike Sitorius agreed. The director of the Nebraska Area Health Education Center Program Office and chairman of the University of Nebraska Medical Center department of family medicine said Strum was dedicated to helping others.
“Rahman was an enthusiastic collaborator who was committed to getting things done,” Sitorius said. “He was devoted to improving the health of others and was always positive. His leadership, dedication and enthusiasm for helping others will be missed.”
Besides advocating for health locally, Strum was part of an NU group that went to Madagascar in 2010 to develop a clean water supply. He also had worked on public health issues in Belize with an NU team.
Strum taught at Metropolitan Community College, the Omaha campus of the University of Phoenix and Omaha Northwest High School.
In his spare time, he was “transforming himself into an in-city farmer” with fruit trees, chickens and a vegetable garden, said his father.
Besides his parents, other survivors include his children, Corina and Andre Strum of Omaha.
A funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. in Omaha.
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