Aida E. Baghdassarian (Nursing
Diploma ’31), 86, died in Albany, NY, on April 9. Born in
Kharpout, Turkey, she was left an orphan when her family perished
during the Armenian genocide. By 1922, she had been rescued by the
Near East Relief Organization and was placed in an orphanage in
Junieh, Lebanon. After earning a nursing degree from AUB, she worked
as a nurse in Syria and Lebanon until 1947, when she left for the
United States to pursue further studies in nursing education at
the University of Rochester. When her student visa expired, she
averted deportation when a special bill on her behalf was introduced
in the American Congress by Representative Kenneth R. Keating of
Rochester and signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. After a
period of working as a nurse in Rochester, she moved to Albany,
where she was a nurse at the Albany Medical Center and then at St.
Peter’s Hospital. Baghassarian was an active member of her
church and community and is dearly missed by all who knew her.
H. Daniels (Former School of Nursing faculty member ’35),
96, died in Ipswich, MA, on February 25. Born in Framingham in 1906,
she was the daughter of the late Captain George and Antoinette Daniels.
She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1927 and later from the
Yale School of Nursing. She was a nurse at AUBMC for a period of
time and then returned to New Haven, CT, where she continued her
nursing career. During her retirement years, Ms. Daniels was an
active volunteer in many causes, including caring for the blind
and furthering the goals of the Democratic Party, and was known
for her crisp, scholarly mind. Her niece Mary Pennington survives
S. Manugian (MD ’35; AUB professor emeritus), 93, died
on March 10 in Beirut. Dr. Manugian was born in Harpat, Turkey,
in 1910. After receiving his MD at AUB, he obtained his diploma
of psychiatry in 1939 from the University of Edinburgh, after which
he worked as a psychiatrist with the British Middle East Forces
from 1941 to 1946.
He joined the faculty of AUB as a
clinical assistant in psychiatry in 1947, became an associate professor
in psychiatry in 1957, and a clinical professor of psychiatry in
1959. Dr. Manugian was appointed clinical director of the Lebanon
Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders in Asfourieh in 1955 and
a year later became its superintendent physician. His work at the
hospital ended in 1975, when the Lebanese war seriously disrupted
operations at the hospital and it was forced to close.
Dr. Manugian was a true pioneer in
the practice and teaching of psychiatry in the Middle East. He was
an effective teacher and an ardent defender of the role of psychiatry
in the medical curriculum. Dr. Manugian served for 19 years as head
of the division of psychiatry in the AUB Faculty of Medicine and
was instrumental in introducing the teaching of psychiatry at all
levels. He established the first psychiatric residency program in
the region at the hospital in Asfourieh, and for many years served
AUB as a psychiatry consultant to the University’s health
Dr. Manugian published a number of articles and reports dealing
with mental health in Lebanon; the training of practitioners, nurses,
and psychiatrists in mental health; mental health legislation; and
medical rehabilitation. He was one of the most active experts in
psychiatry in serving the Lebanese courts. A member of the Lebanese
Parliament and of its Health Committee, he was awarded the Order
of the British Empire for his medical services to the British Forces
in the Middle East during World War II. Dr. Manugian is survived
by his wife Alice, his sons Arsin and Vahe, and his daughter Vivian.
Mattar (BBA ’78), 49, died on January 23 at his home
in Scotch Plains, NJ. In 1980, he received his MBA from C.W. Post
University in Long Island, NY. He was the founder and president
of Ameri-Suisse Inc. in South Plainfield, NJ. His long and courageous
struggle throughout his illness was an inspiration to all those
involved in the Student’s Movement Against Cancer (SMAC).
He is survived by his wife Monica, his son Robert, and his daughters
Caroline and Michelle.
(SCC ’36, MA ’57; Former Faculty ’36-’80),
87, beloved student adviser, died on April 3. For many who studied
at AUB in the 1960s and 1970s, Shammaa’s smile is what they
first remember about him. An academic student adviser with a friendly
manner, he gave advice, dried tears, answered questions, and went
far beyond the call of duty to help AUB students.
Michael Shammaa was born in 1916 to
a family living near the AUB campus. He studied at International
College and in 1934 enrolled in AUB for its two-year Short Commerce
Course, which qualified him for administrative, accounting, and
business positions. In 1936, he joined the AUB Registrar’s
Office, which was then responsible for many administrative functions,
such as admissions, registration, exam schedules, scholarships,
and room assignments. Whenever the then registrar Habib Kurani was
on leave, Shammaa and acting registrar Farid Fuleihan ran the office
themselves, frequently putting in 12 to 14-hour days.
Shammaa spent the next 40 years in
a variety of positions at AUB. He was head teacher and then director
of the Brief Business Program, manager of the Alumni Office and
editor of the alumni magazine, assistant professor of commerce,
and freshman adviser. In 1965, Shammaa became academic adviser,
a position he held until his retirement in 1980. Shammaa is remembered
as “a legendary student adviser, miracle-worker, psychiatrist,
ombudsman, and father figure” by all who knew him. He is survived
by his wife Agnes and his sons John, Nadeem, and Ramzi.