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“Salute to a century!” writes AUB alumnus Ibrahim Najib Sulayman Haydar (BA ’28), who returned to Lebanon to live out his remaining years in his homeland, after residing in Iraq and Canada for many years. Ibrahim happily notes that he remains very active as an educator, writer, and translator, despite his loss of hearing and much of his eyesight. Upon retiring from teaching and later from his position as head of a translation division at the Iraq Petroleum Company in Baghdad, he turned to the translation of literary works for the pleasure of it. His translations include Ali Ben Abi Taleb’s Nahj-el-Balagha into English, some 20 volumes of the work of the renowned Indian poet Tagore into Arabic, and his brother Salim Haydar’s works Al-Khalika, Ishraq, Alsenatu–Zamaan, and selected poems into English. In 1980, he published Ivo Andrithch’s The Pasha’s Concubine from English to Arabic. Ibrahim spends his days reading and writing, which he says keeps his mind alert, his memory vivid, and bestows upon him a calm and optimistic nature—despite the tragic loss of his wife and his eldest son Sebouh Haydar (AUB ’55), who both died before their time, and later the additional loss of his second wife. He concludes his letter with one of his maxims, which he says sums up his life: “Beware of accepting what falls short of your ultimate dreams.”

Ibrahim Yamut (BBA ’47) writes that he is pleased to share his life story with his fellow alumni. Born in 1919, Ibrahim graduated from International College in 1938. He was director of finance for Middle East Airlines until 1984, when he retired. Ibrahim married his wife Solaima in 1961 and they have three sons who all now reside in Beirut: Bassam, an AUB professor of neurology and a member of the Lebanese Parliament; Fadi, a computer science PhD; and Hani, an architectural engineer. Ibrahim reports he is still politically active and used to be a
volunteer visitor to detention camps and prisons. He has written much on political and social subjects and has published two books; one of them is The Sour Harvest, in which he mixes politics with his memoirs.

Ahmad Shafiq Al-Khatib (BS ’56, MA ’58), director of the Dictionary Division of Librarie du Liban and fellow of the Arab Academies of Cairo, Amman, Damascus, and Jerusalem, recently received the prestigious Joseph Zaarour Medal from the St. Joseph University School of Translation for his work in terminology and translation. President Emile Lahoud, who was represented by the minister of culture, sponsored the honoring ceremony and dinner, which were arranged by St. Joseph University, the Lebanese National UNESCO Commission, the Beirut School of Translation, and Librarie du Liban. Ahmad notes that he, his wife Chirine, and their children—who all graduated from AUB with distinction—always talk about how much they owe to the University.

Wadih Jordan (BS ’57) was appointed on March 11 to the board of directors of Antigenics Inc, a pharmaceutical company that is developing personalized immunotherapeutics and revolutionary treatments for cancers, infectious diseases, and autoimmune disorders. Wadih, who has been president of NearEast Pharma since 1996, had previously spent 20 years at Cyanamid International, where he was a vice president.

Hisham Nashabe (BA ’51, MA ’52) was elected chairperson of the Executive Board of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) in December 2002. The organization, which is considered the Arab equivalent of UNESCO, aims to consolidate intellectual integrity among the countries of the Arab world by promoting education, culture, and the sciences. It also seeks to strengthen the use of the Arabic language; enhance opportunities for the education of women; facilitate the exchange of cultural, musical, theatrical, and artistic expertise; and further pan-Arab cooperation in several other important fields. Hisham, a distinguished scholar who has always been deeply involved in education and culture in Lebanon and the Arab world, is the dean of education at the Makassed Islamic Philanthropic Association, a position he has held since 1974. The author of numerous publications, he has received several awards, including the Order of the Cedars in 1968 and the Siniora Prize for Academic Research in 1990.

Nafhat Nasr (BA ’57, MA ’60) was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant in August 2002 to teach at the University of Balamand in Lebanon. Nafhat is currently professor of political science at DePauw University in Indiana and previously taught at AUB. He is one of 800 American academics and professionals participating in the Fulbright program who will spend the 2002-03 academic year in one of 140 countries around he world. During his stay at Balamand, he is teaching a course in conflict analysis and management, helping develop the university’s political science curriculum, and continuing his research on conflict management in Lebanese politics. In April 2002, he received the Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Tucker Jr. Distinguished Career Award from DePauw University.

Michael Slim (BA ’50, MD ’54) recently presented a retrospective lecture on his life and work to friends and colleagues at the surgical and pediatric “Grand Rounds” of New York Medical College. Since 1994, he has been chief of Pediatric Trauma and Pediatric Surgery at West Chester Medical Center and in 1999 became co-director of its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Before then, Michael had worked for many years at AUBMC as a surgeon and professor of pediatric surgery. In his lecture, he talked about his experiences in Beirut as a student and professor, acknowledged his debt to his mentors, and chronicled his move to the US and his subsequent association with New York Medical College.


Rita Simonian Balian (BA ’61), a Virginia businesswoman and humanitarian activist, received the USAID Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award on January 13 in Washington, DC, in recognition of her volunteer efforts in Armenia. Dr. Kent R. Hill, USAID assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia, presented the award; and USAID deputy administrator Frederick W. Shieck and Armenian Ambassador to the US Arman Kirakossian spoke at the event. In bestowing the award, it was noted that Rita has distinguished herself through her efforts to improve the lives of the Armenian people, particularly women and children. She founded the Armenian American Cultural Association in 1995, through which she initiated the Armenian American Wellness Center in Yerevan, which has provided mammograms to over 40,000 women and has saved the lives of many through the early detection of breast cancer. “Rita Balian exemplifies the definition of volunteerism in America,” declared Dr. Hill at the ceremony.

Nuha Nueiri Salti (BS ’63, MD ’67) had the prestigious honor of being nominated Woman of the Year 2002 by the International Board of Research of the American Biographical Institute. Her nomination letter states that she was chosen from a long list of distinguished women because of her overall accomplishments and contributions to society.

Huda Zoghbi (BS ’75), professor of neuroscience and genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, presented a lecture, “Pathogenesis Studies of Polyglutamine-induced Neurodegenerative Diseases,” on February 12 at the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series of the Director of the National Institute of Health. Huda is a co-discoverer of the gene that causes spinocerebellar ataxia type 1, SCA1 and has studied the effects of the mutant form of the ataxin-1 protein that SCA1 encodes in both mice and fruit flies.

Samer Dibs (MD ’89) and Ghada Bou Jawdeh (BNS ’96) now reside in Chicago, where Samer is an attending cardiologist and cardiac electro physiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Fellow alumni can reach them at samerdibsmd[at]

Ibrahim G. Eid (BS ’85, MD ’89) established the PRIMACare Vascular Center in Fall Rivers, Massachusetts, in early 2003, which specializes in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease, arteriosclerosis, varicose veins, and other common circulatory conditions. He was also recently appointed to the medical staff of St. Anne’s Hospital and is associated with its new Cardiovascular Center, after relocating from Indiana where he had maintained a private practice.

Fadi Lakkis (BS ’81, MD ’85) received the Young Investigator Award for 2002 from the American Society of Nephrology, which recognizes excellence and creativity in nephrologic research. He is currently
professor and director of the Transplant Medical Division at Yale University School of Medicine. Throughout his career, Fadi has made and continues to make outstanding contributions in the field of the immunologic basis of transplant rejection and tolerance.

Ziad Riafi (BS ’81, MD ’85) has joined the medical staff of Geneva General Hospital as a neurologist. Ziad had previously held an internship at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, where he completed his residency in neurology, after which he held a fellowship in neuromuscular disease at the University of Rochester.

Assad R. Shamma (MD ’81) presented a paper, “Endovenous Laser Treatment of the Entire Greater Saphenous and Lesser Saphenous Veins,” at the 25th annual meeting of the American Venous Forum, held in Cancun, Mexico, in February. At the meeting, which was attended by 197 international vascular surgeons, Assad described his technique for treating extensive varicose veins with minimally invasive surgery, based on the results achieved in 86 cases of treatment. He presently practices vascular surgery in Melbourne, Florida.

Hassam Said Bazzi (BSC ’96, MS ’98) was awarded Lebanon’s Honorary Shield by President Emile Lahoud in January. Hassam, who served as a weapons inspector with the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, will soon be finishing his PhD in polymer chemistry at McGill University in Montreal. He recently received the Material Science and Engineering Division Bayer Inc. award in Polymer Science 2003 from the Canadian Society for Chemistry. Hassan was also the recipient of an industrial research fellowship from the National Science and Engineering Research Council of the Canadian government, which he will use for his postdoctoral industrial research.

Zaher Nuwayhid (BS ’92)
married Fifi Naim in October 2002. The couple is now living in Miami, Florida, where Zaher is starting his second year of medical school at the University of Miami. He is pleased to inform us that he is the first AUB grad to attend that university’s medical school.