Gifts To Honor Tarik

Honoring our traditions. Building our future.


"Tarik is an incredible
young man beaming
with ambition, intelligence
and compassion. Simply put,
he made us all better."

— Anand Germanwala, M.D.,
Associate Professor
and Neurosurgery Residency
Program Director

"Tarik is an incredible young man beaming with ambition, intelligence, and compassion. Simply put, he made us all better."

— Anand Germanwala, M.D., Associate Professor and Neurosurgery Residency Program Director


Drs. Fikry and Mona Ibrahim, the parents of Dr. Tarik Ibrahim M.D., M.S., a '99 Liggett alumnus, have made a philanthropic contribution to the Sure Foundations campaign by naming the Upper School Commons Area after Tarik.

This gift honors Tarik by commemorating him and keeping his legacy alive, as well as helping to ensure that University Liggett School’s students have access to the best facilities and classroom space.

A Grosse Pointe Shores native, Dr. Tarik Ibrahim was born on September 2, 1981, and began at University Liggett School in fourth grade. The bonds and friendships he formed at University Liggett School withstood the test of time and continue to become stronger and stronger today.

As a tribute to those everlasting bonds, his friends and family will keep his legacy alive by raising additional gifts to advance the priorities of the Sure Foundations campaign, as well as to honor and recognize the institution that helped make Tarik the person he is today.

Dr. Tarik Ibrahim, an accomplished Neurosurgeon, was formerly Chief Neurosurgery Resident at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and completed a six-month training in cerebrovascular and micro neurosurgery with the world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Juha Hernesiemi in Helsinki, Finland.

One of Tarik's most impressive successes was being a highly published author, publishing 16 journal articles and four book chapters in the U.S. as well as nine additional publications for an international readership, with the first authorship on several.

As the Chairman of the Loyola University Medical Center, Dr. Douglas Anderson stated, "I immediately started to entice him to be a colleague, as I could think of no better person with whom to build our department and lead the next generation of neurosurgeons. I loved him like a son.”

Gifts to honor Tarik Ibrahim '99

A Lasting Legacy: The
Tarik Ibrahim Commons

Upper School Commons named in honor of Dr. Tarik Ibrahim M.D., M.S.


“Tarik left an indelible impression on his family, his classmates and others who had an opportunity to know him,” said Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for external relations. "Through this fundraising campaign, driven by his classmates and family, he will be remembered each day by the Upper School students and faculty who use the Upper School Commons area.

“We believe that naming the Commons in his honor will inspire current students and generations of future students who will see his name and be reminded of his many accomplishments.”


“We have a wonderful friendship in a very special way, And many times I stop and say ‘Hey! What’s wrong with me? Look at the family I’ve got.’ Plus, I really mean it when I say I love you a lot. We have a spectacular relationship without a doubt, If people ask, I’ll tell them what you’re about. You’re about loving and caring, and helping people out, And you always cheer me up when I begin to pout.”
— Tarik Ibrahim

Tarik's lifelong Liggett friends:

“Tarik made us all feel special, inspired, proud, accomplished, warm, and most importantly happy. And we are all honored to call him our friend…and revel in the countless happy memories Tarik provided as well as create new experiences inspired by him.”

“Tarik was all about our mirth. His soul and heart were so benevolent, that it made us all a happier group and community."

“I've known Tarik since elementary school and loved this charming prince since.”

“Tarik is a very special brilliant young man with the most dazzling smile.”

His mother says: "In addition to the philanthropic contribution that my husband and I made to University Liggett School's Sure Foundations campaign, Tarik's lifelong Liggett family, along with all his family and friends, are coming together to further support this initiative and participate in reminding future Liggett generations why the Upper School Commons area is named in his honor. In celebrating his Life, his Legacy, and the bonds Tarik formed at Liggett and throughout his life, his friends and family have established an annual tailgate event honoring Tarik at his alma mater, Michigan State University."