Dr. Bernard Rodger Tetteh Doku


It is with great personal sadness and much sorrow that I inform our readers that Ghanaians in Germany have lost a great leader. Dr. Bernard Rodger Tetteh Doku, the retired medical practitioner died on Saturday, 17th August 2019 whilst on a short visit to the United States of America.
Dr. Bernard Tetteh DokuDr. Doku died at the age of 77 years, was one of the perfect elderly men I have come across. We have known each other over a decade, the relationship was that of a father and son. He was a man of high intellect, fair and peace loving. 
Dr. Doku hails from Ada-Foah in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, and attended Adisadel College in Cape Coast from 1958 to 1964. He worked as medical practioner, from 1980 till 2007 when he retired.

Until his untimely death was a board member of “Zentrum für Mission und Ökumene - Nordkirche weltweit“, a senior member of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Hamburg. He is also an advisory member of the Ghana Union in Hamburg. He was my special advisor, I have contacted him on several occasion for advice.

Nevertheless there was one advice I wasn’t able to heed to before he departed. “Desmond, I don’t like it, when you sit at the back at events, I don’t like it, and you don’t belong there!

Doc! As I usually called him was socially correct, always ready to encourage and empower others to be better than himself. He was one of the first people I contacted when I had the idea of writing a book on “The history of Ghanaians in Germany”.

Great men don’t die!...
He did not only motivate me to undertake such a project but was ready to contribute. 
An abstract from the interview with the late Dr. Doku.

Q: How would you compare the health sector in Hamburg and that of Accra?
Dr. Doku: You compare based on standards; Accra with Abidjan or Abuja in West Africa. Hamburg is on the level of European standards where the health sector is well planned and equipped with well-maintained machinery and highly trained personnel, who show concern and responsibility for each individual human life they care for. There is accountability for every life lost. My fervent prayer is that the health sector in Ghana is not totally reduced to the level of “prayer camps”, where there is no diagnosis on the death certificates, “because God gave and God has taken.”

Q: Have you ever helped your folks in Germany in any way?
Dr. Doku: Yes, I believe I have helped in many ways but I cannot judge whether my people in Germany appreciate it. But I know that even the contribution to a “dream project” such as this book, helps. Taking part in health symposiums in Hamburg to raise the awareness of my people about healthy living for prolonged life is very dear to my heart.

Unfortunately my learned friend and mentor will not live to read our book!...

He was married to Madam Esther Addo, the mother of Otto Addo who is currently a Talente-Trainer with Borussia Dortmund.

“Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console”

May his soul rest in peace!

Desmond John Beddy


# Rev Dr Abamfo Atiemo 2019-08-19 21:19
A great Christian man who reflected the character of Christ in his daily life. May his gentle soul rest in peace
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# Rev Dr Abamfo Atiemo 2019-08-19 21:19
A great Christian man who reflected the character of Christ in his daily life. May his gentle soul rest in peace
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# Alistair Osei-frimpo 2019-08-19 21:39
A Noble Man of God. Humble and caring. Always ready and willing to help. Dr. Doku will forever be missed by us all. Rest In Perfect Peace.
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# Doreen 2019-08-19 22:17
He will truely be missed Alistair
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# Rev Sampson Amankwaa 2019-08-19 21:56
Doctor so caring, while in Germany and baffled with my blood pressure he assured me that at my age, difference 40 to 60 was not as dangerous as I feared. I had thought that at 60 years my pressure should still read 120/80. Doctor made me know it could be up with no fears. Doctor we will miss you you were so ready to help humankind at every move. Rest till we meet again.
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# Doreen 2019-08-19 22:14
As I called him, and mummy hosted me when I was in Hamburg for a church conference.
They made me felt so much at home.
I felt like i was part of them.
Such a great couple to have met.
Presbyterian Church has really lost a great soul.
The house will never be the same without you daddy.
Sleep well.
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# Philip Apenteng 2019-08-19 22:18
Doc, my Big Brother, That was a bit too early. Who is going to advise me on all these health issues? With whom am I going to share my next jokes? This smile and laughter then the seriousness when it becomes necessary!! Doc ich muss es sagen ob es Dir passt oder nicht: Das war zu frueh!! Wie sollen wir unsere Traenen zurueckhalten? Ruhe in Frieden mein Freund und grosser Bruder. Danke fuer alles. Wir werden Dich sehr vermissen. Philip
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# Kwabena Frimpong 2019-08-19 22:29
I was deeply shocked to learn of the passing of Dr. Doku. I remember speaking to him a couple of weeks ago and reminding him of a visit he paid to me when I was stationed in Germany. He will deeply be missed by the Ghanaian community in Hamburg, Germany. May his soul rest in peace.
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# Cat. K. Boateng, Ber 2019-08-19 22:54
Oh, this is just a surprise to us in Berlin. I'm very saddened to hear this. I can't believe it. We just met last month on a district session meeting. Death is a deceiver. Doc rest in peace.
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# Rev Dr Acheampong 2019-08-20 03:17
Dr. Doku was a father, a committed Christian and a great inspiration. May his soul rest in the bosom of Abraham.
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# Benjamin. K Kupualor 2019-08-20 03:56
Dr. Is a loving father and a devoted Christian. LOVE his daily language. PAPA you will always remain in my heart.
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# Yewura Kwabena Agyem 2019-08-20 06:38
A Great Man, full of Truth, Good Leader , Friendly and always educating folks , my personal Mentor, we will all miss you Don. RIP.
To Mama Doku stay strong we will support you where we can , stay blessed. Yewura
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# Kofi Boama Amoafo 2019-08-20 07:38
Dr Doku as I called him was a kind and truely a graceful man. Because of distance we spoke on the phone often and his advice to me and my family was always kind and gentle. Your passing is sudden and we will miss you. Rest In Peace.
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# Rev. E.K.A. Decker 2019-08-20 11:24
There are people who come into our lives play their part in the history of our life and leave. Others come and become a part of our lives. Doc. you were a father and friend. You will certainly remain in our hearts forever. Rest peacefully in the bossom of the Lord.
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# Esther Prempeh 2019-08-20 14:11
Dr. May your gentle soul find perfect rest in the arms of your creator and God. Mama Esther may the good Lord keep and strengthen you.
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# William Bekoe 2019-08-20 18:14
Dr, may your gentle soul rest peacefully in the Lord's bosom. Mama Doku and the family, our sincere condolences to you all.
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# Mabel Annan Ansah 2019-08-20 18:20
As I called him. He welcomed me to his home when he did not know my personally. I was a stranger to the family but he accepted me to his home, fed me and hosted me. You and your are honourable. May your gentle soul rest in peace. Presbyterians have lost a great personality.
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# Seth Asabir alias F 2019-08-20 20:07
Doc, We shall miss you, you always ask how is the Church and the Family in Berlin
and you care always for us. We shall miss you may your soul rest in perfect peace
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# Hanson Agyirifo 2019-08-20 21:10
"When you tell my wife that you are an Akwapim she will give you a room in our house to stay"
I remember my conversation with Dr Doku on 20th July 2019 at his resident in Hamburg in German.
We lost a great person and God loving man. He has dedicated his entire life to serve humanity.
May his soul rest in peace with his Maker.
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# Betty 2019-08-21 09:13
Opa, may your gentle soul rest in the bossom of the Lord Almighty. You will forever remain my heart.
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# Mama Adelaide Otu 2019-08-21 09:18
Papa was a father and a friend to the Otu family. We have indeed lost a great man. Our condolence to the entire family especially Mama Esther.
Papa, may your soul rest in perfect peace.
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# Doreen Dede 2019-08-21 19:30
My friend Bernice Doku has lost a great father, I met doc just once and I understood why she always mentions his name, You were indeed a great father and a great leader. Rest well daddy.
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# m840d 2019-08-22 10:02
Hmmm, the only doctor who take a risk and be able to safe, to give medicine to fellow black man.
I remember I was having cute back pain and he heal me.
Papa we are greatful May your rest in perfect peace.
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# Afua Adjei Kwayisi 2019-08-22 23:47
Words can’t describe the gap you’ve left in the hearts of many. Rest well uncle Bernard. I will surely miss your gentle soul.
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# Virginia Augustina M 2019-08-23 05:54
Uncle Bernard and his wife Aunty Esther (as I affectionately call them) hosted me when I went to do my electives in Germany as a medical student. I was only a friend to their niece and yet I was like a daughter to them. Uncle Bernard, you should have waited for me to also do something great for you. Alas, I can only wish you a perfectly peaceful rest in the arms of the almighty God. Aunty Esther, May God Himself comfort you and be with you in these difficult times. God bless you.
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# Rev. and Mrs Botsio 2019-08-23 15:44
We are very urprised and so sorry to hear of this sudden death. May God receive the soul of this gentle and noble man and give him rest. Aunty Esther, may God comfort and strengthen you. We are praying for you.
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# Kwaku Adomako 2019-08-24 08:25
Dr Doku was a God-fearing father, brother and a colleague who did not discriminate on who to help or share his professional ideas. His readiness to offer help is indisputable. We have missed one humble, selfless and beloved person. You will always be remembered. May your soul rest in peace.
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# Felix Opoku 2019-08-24 22:14
Indeed this sudden departure has deprived us of a Great Father and friend, of a man whose christian faith was worth emulating!
Doc, may your Soul rest in perfect Peace. Mama Esther, may the Lord comfort you and the entire family.
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# ProfessorBaaba Folson Ph.D. 2020-01-08 15:51
My dearest friend and sister of many decades, Esther, I am deeply grieved by your loss. Dr. Doku was such an inspiration to us all.
His kindness and his contribution to society will be missed.
May our Gracious Lord grant him eternal peace, and for the family he left behind, divine strength to deal with this devastating situation.
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