Spring 2006 Vol. IV, No. 3
Sania Haroun-Bizri, a professor in AUBs Department of Anesthesiology,
died on February 15 at the age of 59. After graduating from St. Joseph
University in Beirut in 1972, she did her residency in anesthesiology
at AUB and later a research fellowship at McGill University, Canada. She
joined AUBs Department of Anesthesiology in 1980. In 2001, she became
the first woman in the department to be promoted to full professor.
Bizri was president of the Lebanese Society of Anesthesiologists
and Intensive Care. In addition to being a member of the Lebanese Chapter
of International Association for the Study of Pain, she served as the
executive secretary of the 8th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive
Care in September 2004.
She is survived by her husband, Saad Bizri, and three sons, Samer, Amer,
Ricardus Michel Haber (BS 72, MS 77)
Lebanese environmentalist Ricardus Michel Haber died on January 1 at the
age of 54. He taught at AUBs Department of Biology from 1976 until
1994. Haber was the founder of many environmental organizations, including
Friends of Nature at AUB, the Friends of Horsh Ehden, and the Bsharri
Environmental Organization. His intensive public awareness efforts on
behalf of protected lands were instrumental in the official designation
of Horsh Ehden as a national reserve in 1992.
After receiving degrees in biology and marine sciences, he pursued his
PhD at AUB from 1979 to 1981. He later published the results of his research,
entitled The Effects of DDT and its Derivatives on the Intestinal
Transport of Alanine. He also published a number of eco-guides,
books, and studies on the flora and habitats of Lebanon.
He is survived by his wife Myrna Semaan, also a botanist, with whom he
discovered and studied three wildflowers in Lebanon.
Elizabeth Burroughs Scott
Elizabeth Burroughs Scott, former instructor in AUBs Department
of English, died on January 10 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Born in Nashville,
North Carolina, in 1920, she received her BA from the University of North
Carolina Womans College in 1942 and her MA in comparative literature
from Columbia University in 1943.
She traveled to Beirut in 1948 to marry Richard H. Scott, a professor
of philosophy, and taught in the Communication Skills Program for many
years (1954-61, 1965-84).
She was a founder, secretary, and president of Americans for Justice in
the Middle East, Lebanon. When she retired with her husband to Gettysburg
in 1984, she helped establish the Interfaith Center for Justice and Peace
and was active in many projects, including the Project Gettysburg-Leon,
Mediation Services of Adams County, the Conflict Resolution and Global
Interdependence Group, and the Pennsylvania Coalition for the Abolition
of the Death Penalty.
In 2001, she received the Peacemaker Award from the Interfaith Center
for Justice and Peace.