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Class Notes


Edward A. Mazloum
(BA ’57) was awarded the Lebanese Silver Order of Merit with Leaves by President Emile Lahoud in recognition of his distinguished scientific and cultural achievements. Mazloum joined the staff of AUB after graduation and was appointed assistant registrar in 1970. He was promoted to associate registrar in 1993, a position he held until his retirement in 2000.

Zaven Messerlian
(BA ’59, MA ’63), historian, author, and principal of the Armenian Evangelical College, received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia in Yerevan on July 30, 2003 for his contributions to the field of modern Armenian history and education.


Salah D. Salman (MD ’61), former professor and chairman of the Otolaryngology Department at AUB, authored two unique medical books: An Atlas of the Nasopharynx and An Atlas of Diagnostic Nasal Endoscopy. Both books, printed in full color, were published by The Parthenon Publishing Group in 2003.Arpi A. Yeghiayan Simonian (BS ’61, MS ’63) is the author of a newly published book, Slimmer and Trimmer: Daily Tips for Permanent Weight Loss, which promotes a weight-loss plan based on a lifestyle change. It incorporates all four contributing factors essential for weight control—namely, nutrition education, behavior modification, physical activity, and self-reliance—and advises that they should be adopted in everyday life. Written in a supportive, enthusiastic style, the book gives daily tips for healthy living. For ordering information, contact Vantage Press in New York at 1-800-882-3273.


Dimitri Azar (BS ’79, MD ’83) was promoted to professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School in 2003. Dr. Azar, who is director of Corneal, External Diseases, Contact Lens, and Refractive Surgery Services at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School, has been on the faculty of Harvard since 1990, and has received a number of awards for his teaching excellence and professional stature.

Loutfi K. Echhade
(BBA ’73) writes that his career in public accounting and financial advising has spanned more than 30 years in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, and the United States. He is currently based in Saudi Arabia and is a senior partner of Ernst & Young Middle East. His clients include multinational, regional, and local companies in the fields of banking, construction, insurance, trading, manufacturing, and retail. Echhade is married and has four children. His son Basil is currently studying at AUB and his daughter Dena will join him next year as a freshman.

Christos Folias (BA ’75), who has had a long career as a civil servant in Greece and is active in politics, has been a member of the European Parliament since 1999. He is currently a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development; the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research, and Industry; and the European Interparliamentary Delegation for relations with Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway in the European Parliament. In addition, he has been the copresident of SME Union since 2003. Folias is also an active board member of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Athens and of Thessaloniki, as well as a being a member of the Executive Committee of Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy since 1998.

Nadim F. Fuleihan (BE ’71) was named senior vice president by Ardaman & Associates, an engineering firm in Orlando, Florida, in January. He has been with the firm since 1976 and is a registered professional engineer in Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. He received his PhD in geo-technical engineering and an MS in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mohamad I. Trabulsi (BE ’76) received the Diamond Award of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACECNY) for his work as team project engineer for Han-Padron Associations (HPA). ACECNY had named HPA’s Hudson River Park, Segment 4, as the project of the year for Site/Landscape Development.



Maha Soubra Abou-Haidar (BA ’80) was appointed associate principal at NTD Architects, a top-500 multidisciplinary architectural/engineering firm with offices in California and Arizona. She joined the firm’s Phoenix office in 2000 as its senior health care architect and has completed several major hospital projects throughout the southwest United States. Abou-Haidar is a registered architect in Arizona and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. She is married to Nabil Abou-Haidar (BA ’81) who is also a practicing architect in Phoenix. They have a four-year-old daughter, Maya, and have been living in Arizona since 1986.

Marwan Adib Takieddine (MD ’82) writes: “I am grateful to have the opportunity to express my gratitude and love to the people and institution that have shaped my career, success, and indeed my whole life.” After graduating, Dr.Takieddine completed his training in Internal Medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit and a fellowship in hypertension at the University of Michigan. He then joined the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of California, San Diego, where he received grants from the National Institute of Health, the Veterans Administration, and the National Kidney Foundation. Takieddine moved to Nevada in July 1994, where he joined a private group practice as a member of the Hypertension and Renal Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas. In 2002, he received the Medical Leader of Year award from the National Kidney Foundation, Southern Nevada Chapter.

Ala Sharara (MD ’87), associate professor of medicine, head of the Division of Gastroenterology, and director of the Endoscopy Unit at AUB, is the recipient of the Presidential Poster Award of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) for his research on a novel treatment for helicobacter pylori, a common organism responsible for stomach ulcers and, in some cases, stomach cancers. The research was completed by a group of AUB physicians, headed by Sharara, in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy at the Lebanese American University. Their work was presented at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ACG, held October 10 to 15 in Baltimore, Maryland.


Mabrouk to Sana Ghulmiyyah (BA ’94) on her marriage to Dr. Joe Naoum! The happy occasion took place on July 31, 2003. The couple resides in Galveston, Texas.

Edward Jaoude (MD ’94), an ophthalmologist based in Lewes, Delaware, presented a lecture on eye problems and conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, on February 20 at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Lewes. He recently relocated to Delaware from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he had received fellowship training in corneal transplant, cataract, and laser surgery.

Amal Khoury (BA ’96, MA ’99) received the Outstanding Teaching for a PhD Candidate Award from American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC, in April 2004. This promising academic, by the way, is the daughter of MainGate Coeditor Ibrahim Khoury.

Tony Slieman (MS ’95) taught a seminar in February on “Bioterrorism: The Role of Biological Agents in Bioterrorism and Biological Warfare” at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin, where he is a biomedical science instructor. His seminar focused on the causative agents of anthrax, small pox, and plague and explored the history of biological warfare, the diseases it can cause, and the defense strategies that can be used against it. Slieman received his MS in microbiology from AUB and a PhD in pathobiology from the University of Arizona.


Maha el Choubassi (BE ’03) was selected in March 2004 to receive a James M. Henderson Fellowship for First Year Graduate Students in Electrical Engineering, owing to her outstanding academic achievements and her demonstrated leadership in activities and research as an undergraduate. El Choubassi joined the University of Illinois–Champagne in August 2003 to work on her PhD in electrical engineering.

Jihane Hajj (BSN ’02) married Ala Rababy in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in August 2003. The couple is now living in Philadelphia, where Hajj is a registered nurse at Hahnemann Hospital and Rabady is a senior associate in the firm of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.