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Fall 2008 Vol. VII, No. 1

Letters to the Editors

Summer 2008, Vol. VI, No. 4

I was saddened to see Dr. Firzli’s name in the obituary column of the summer issue of MainGate. He came to our rescue when we arrived in Beirut in 1960 with a very sick child. One of the few people we knew in Beirut gave us his name, and shortly after my husband managed to reach him from the phone in the local pharmacy (we had no phone yet), he came to our apartment and put us all at ease with his gentle kindness and competence. Our daughter Susanne recovered from pneumonia after a few days at AUH and now works at the AUB Development Office. This family will never forget Dr. Firzli, and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family.
Betsy Decherd Lane
Westminster, MA

Thank you for a wonderful, well researched, and broadly themed magazine. It really gives me the feeling of home while continuously on the road. Just one small detail—being on the run all the time, I sometimes have to scan it swiftly along with the pictures. Some of these, including the “slow food” article (pp. 22-27) do not have any captions for its photos. All the best and I look forward to future agricultural issues.
Haytham Zaiter
Beirut, Lebanon

Look for a new slideshow with those photos—with captions—in the fall 2008 on-line magazine. -Ed.

Spring 2008, Vol. VI, No. 3

Metrosideros Excelsus (New Zealand Christmas Tree)
I was very interested to read the spring issue, “Is AUB Green?” The AUB campus has always been one of the rare green spots in Beirut, and I have always been nostalgic for my Alma Mater.  I recently lived in New Zealand for one year—it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world. In 2000, I brought back two little Christmas trees to Jordan from New Zealand, which I planted on my farm. The natives of New Zealand call it Pohtukawa tree. The two trees lived beautifully for a couple of years, but unfortunately died after a bad frost. May I suggest that this beautiful and noble tree be planted on the

campus. I am sure it will flourish there, as the AUB campus is by the seaside, and in Auckland this evergreen tree with dark red flowers flourishes by the Pacific Ocean. It would be a great addition to the campus flora.
Zuhair Annab (Pharmacy ’48)
Amman, Jordan

A colleague in the Landscape Design and Eco-Management Program at AUB told us that she is collaborating with the landscape faculty at Lincoln University in New Zealand, where the Cedrus libani is thriving on their campus. They’re looking into introducing the Pohtukawa tree on the AUB campus. -Ed.