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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.

Antoinette 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 her.

Dr. Antranig 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 services.

 

 


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.

Nabil Joseph 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.

Michael Shammaa (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.