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Spring 2006 Vol. IV, No. 3

In Memoriam

Sania Haroun-Bizri
Sania Haroun-Bizri, a professor in AUB’s 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 AUB’s 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, and Fadi.

Ricardus Michel Haber (BS ’72, MS ’77)
Lebanese environmentalist Ricardus Michel Haber died on January 1 at the age of 54. He taught at AUB’s 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 AUB’s 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 Woman’s 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.

Olga Assaf Wahbé (BA ’28)

Olga Assaf Wahbé, the first AUB alumna from Jerusalem, passed away on February 25 in Beit Jala, Palestine. She was born on March 23, 1904.

Olga attended the British High School and the British Girls School in Jerusalem, where she earned her teaching diploma. She majored in history upon receiving a scholarship to study at AUB in 1925.

After returning to Jerusalem to work as lecturer at the Women’s Teachers College, she received a fellowship to study in London. She later returned to Jerusalem to work as vice principal and later as acting principal of the Women’s Training College. After serving in Amman as Assistant Deputy Minister of Education, she established the Teachers’ Training School for Girls in Ramallah, and was its principal until 1965.

She was a board member of Bir Zeit University, the Good Shepherd Swedish School in Bethlehem, the YWCA, the Dar al-Awlad School, and the Mennonite School in Beit Jala. She sat on the advisory board of the Orthodox Palestinian Society, and was a member of the Jordanian Higher Council for Education.

She received the Patriarchate Contemporary Emblem, the King Hussein of Jordan Education Medal, the Orthodox Palestine Society Gold Medal, and the King Gustav of Sweden North Polar Star Medal for education.

She is survived by her sister Louba Breen, her nieces Vera Hudson, Tatiana Butter, Lily Porter, and Nelly Barrett, and her nephew Samer Wahbé.

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