Maurice Deraney (MD ’48) was honored as distinguished physician at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. He lived and practiced internal medicine in Ridgewood for 50 years, serving two terms as chairman of the hospital’s Department of Internal Medicine. At the presentation dinner, tributes were paid by Jack Tohme (MD ’74), current chairman of internal medicine, and Rashid Baddoura (MD ’74), chairman of emergency medicine. They spoke about Deraney’s pride in IC and AUB and his ancestral roots in Deir el Qamar.
Farid S. Haddad (BA ’41, MD ’48), published his 52nd book, From Phoenicia to Phoenix, and is working on the next one, Two Score and Ten Years of Urology. He has a new granddaughter, born in April.
Konstantin P. Veliskakis (MD ’48) is a scoliosis and spine orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, in New York City. He and his wife Barbara have three grown children.
Harry D. Kaloustian (MD ’56), who has practiced in the Merimack Valley region of New Hampshire for 31 years, was honored by his fellow physicians with the first Herbert Hatem MD Award. Board certified in endocrinology, he currently works in the North Andover office of medical specialists for Pentucket Medical Associates. Harry was honored for his dedicated service to patients, mentorship of young physicians, and for “keeping the entire physician community up-to-date with new developments in medical science,” serving on the physician’s continuing education committee for over 25 years.
Gary Dwor-Frecaut (BA ’65), former head of the French Information Centre at the French Embassy in Washington until 2000, has joined his wife and two small children in Singapore. He is looking for AUBites in the area. Please send Gary an
Bushra Jabre (BA ’65), received an award of distinction from the World Media Association for her project, “The Arab Woman Speaks,” at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Jabre works at the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs.
H. George Jumean (MD ’67), writes that his daughter, Rawan, will marry Elie Haddad, son of Jumean’s AUB classmate, Raja Haddad (MD ’67), in August, 2002, in Beirut. The couple will complete residency training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and then begin fellowship programs—Rawan in rheumatology and Eli in cardiology. George is currently at the Muskogee Cancer Clinic in Oklahoma.
Amal Abu-Shakra (BS ’79, MA ’82, PhD ’86), associate professor of biology at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), received the 2002 BC Powders Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes “impact on students, innovative teaching style, enhancement of students’ academic goals, and involvement in the development of curriculum or teacher training.” She received her master’s degree in food and management science from the University of London, her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Surrey, and has taught at NCCU since 1994.
Evelyn A. Early (MA ’71) had her varied diplomatic and teaching career profiled in the Times Record News of Minnesota this year. Her latest assignment has been as counselor for press and cultural affairs to the US embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, since 2000. She has served at other diplomatic posts—in Damascus, Khartoum, and Rabat, Morocco, as well as in the US before she ventured into diplomacy, Evelyn earned a PhD in anthropology at the University of Chicago and taught for eight years at Elmhurst College and the universities of New Mexico, Houston, and Notre Dame. In the 1980s, she adopted a young girl from Honduras. In 1993, she published two books, her own Baladi Women of Cairo: Playing with an Egg and a Stone, and the co-edited Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East, a definitive resource for gaining a better understanding of Middle Eastern culture.
Nawwaf Kabbarah (BBA ’76, MBA ’79) of Tripoli was re-elected president of the Arab Organization of Disabled People in October. AUB has great confidence in Nawwaf’s ability to lead the organization into further success.
Ramsay G. Najjar (BA ’74) was elected president of the Lebanese Syndicate of Advertising Agencies in the fall. Ramsay is president of Saatchi & Saatchi’s Beirut office. His son, Mazen, is an AUB graduate and Penrose Award recipient.
Denise Nassar (BA ’77), a self-taught painter and photographer, is having her first solo show in painting at SPIN, 7802 Third Avenue at 78th Street in Brooklyn, NY from October 7 until November 2 (gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm). Denise’s show, with O. Abusitta as curator, consists of her diversified oil paintings between 2001 and 2002. For previews of Denise’s artwork, log onto www.abu-ali.com. She is planning a solo show of her photographs of Beirut.
George Kadifa (1981), chairman and CEO of Corio, a company based in San Carlos, CA, was the subject of a recent profile in the Business Journal of Silicon Valley. Coria’s revenue comes primarily from hosting and managing software applications at a data center. George emigrated to the US to study for a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology and received his MBA from the University of Chicago. He and his wife were expecting a fifth child in August.
George E. Kikano (MD ’86) has been appointed chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine and University Hospitals in Cleveland. He was serving as interim chairman and director and has been on the CWRU faculty for 11 years. He holds the Certified Physician Executive designation from the American College of Physician Executives and currently directs the Primary Care Executive Fellowship Program at CWRU for training health professionals in leadership and management skills. George has received several awards for outstanding professional achievement, published peer-reviewed articles on medical management, disease prevention, health promotion, and cardiovascular diseases. He is currently president of the Cleveland Academy of Family Physicians and a national advisor for the Fundamentals of Management Program of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is the organizer and guest speaker for the First Annual Middle East Family Medical Conference, 2002.
Fadi Makki (BA ’89) was appointed director general of Economy and Trade in the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade in September. Congratulations on a fine accomplishment!
Mazen M. Al-Taha (BS ’98) received an MBA from Emporia State in Kansas in 2001 and now works for Harrison Securities in New York City.
Mohammad Ghazi Anouti (BA ’96) of Lebanon brought home a gold medal in Body Building in the 14th Asian Games tournament in South Korea in October. His perseverance and great athletic abilities give AUBites worldwide a sense of pride.
Samer D. Tabbal, MD (BS ’93), director of the Huntington Disease Clinic at the University of Arkansas Medical Center, has joined an international network of cutting-edge researchers studying at Huntington. Named the Huntington Study Group, the network includes scientists and health care professionals at the medical center plus other experts collaborating in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Samer is an assistant professor of neurology and also directs a Parkinson’s study group and is the movement disorder specialist at the Center on Aging at UAMC.