Spring 2007 Vol. V, No. 3
Iraqi historian Majeed Khaddouri (BA 32) passed
away on February 26 at the age of 70. Born in Mossul, Iraq on September
27, 1908, Khaddouri received his PhD from Chicago University in 1938.
In 1945, he became a member of the Iraqi delegation to the 50-nation conference
that signed the Charter of the United Nations. In 1949, while at Johns
Hopkins University, he founded the first Department of Higher Studies
in Middle Eastern Affairs in the United States. His publications include
Nidham al Intidab (The Mandate Regime, 1933) and Harb al Khalij (The Gulf
department at Radio Lebanon for several years and cofounded the Lebanese
Nahida Fadli Dajani (BA 52, MA 70) passed away on January 1, 2007. Dajani worked in media for more than 40 years and interviewed countless celebrities on her radio shows from the 1950s. She was a pioneer in television programming, a prominent poet, and a member of the Supervising Committee at the Arab Center for Dialogue in the United States. To honor the memory of this inspiring and remarkable woman, her family has established the Nahida Fadli Dajani Scholarship Fund at AUB. For more information contact Sujatha Vempaty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iliya Harik (BA 56, MA 58),a renowned expert on the Middle East and professor emeritus of political science at Indiana University, passed away on February 24, 2007. Harik earned a BA in philosophy and a MA in Arab Studies from AUB and a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1964. From 1964 until he retired from teaching in 1998, he was affiliated with Indiana University in Bloomington. His extensive list of publications on the Middle East include The Political Mobilization of Peasants: A Study of an Egyptian Community, Economic Policy Reform in Egypt, and Democracy and the Paradoxes of Cultural Diversity. He served on the first board of the Middle East Studies Association (1973-76), the Middle East Journal, and Journal of Arab Affairs and helped establish and directed Indiana Universitys Middle East Studies Center (1980-83). He also directed the education and social science program of the Ford Foundation in North Africa (1974-75) and served as director of the American Research Center in Egypt (1990-92). He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elsa Marston Harik, and three sons: Ramsay, in Boston; Amahl, in Providence, Rhode Island; and Raif, in Austin, Texas.
Mai Ghoussoub (BS 74) publisher, author, sculptor, journalist, and playwright, died on February 17, 2007, in London at the age of 54. She earned degrees in mathematics from AUB and in French literature from the Lebanese University. In 1979, she and Andre Gaspard opened Al Saqi Bookshop in London. They later established Saqi Books, an Arabic-language publishing house and Dar al Saqi in Beirut. She is survived by her husband, Hazem Saghiyeh; her parents, Antoine and Maggie Ghoussoub; and her sister, Hoda.
Maya Ghannoum (BA 99) lost her battle with cancer on October 26, 2006. She was a childrens writer and gourmet cook and will be fondly remembered for her childrens stories including Sara Goes to Lebanon and My Home Beyond the Sky. After graduation, she and her husband moved to the United States. She later returned to Lebanon. Maya was a fighter until the very end and a source of positive energy for all those around her. She will be greatly missed.
Calvin H. Plimpton, M.D., the tenth president of the American University of Beirut, died on January 30, 2007, after a long illness.
Dr. Plimpton was born on October 7, 1918, in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Amherst College with a BA cum laude in 1939 and received his MD cum laude from Harvard in 1943. After serving in the Medical Corps of the United States Army (1944-46), he received a masters in biochemistry from Harvard in 1947. He later joined the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. In 1957 he left Columbia to become professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at AUB. In 1960 he was appointed president of Amherst College, a position he held until 1971. From 1971 to 1978 he was president of Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York.
Dr. Plimpton joined AUBs Board of Trustees in 1960, and served as chairman from 1965-72, and again 1975-82. He served as president of the University from 1984-87. He was appointed trustee emeritus in 1987. Calvin Plimptons leadership of AUB will long be remembered. The Government of Lebanon awarded him the Order of Cedars Medal, Commander Rank.
Dr. Plimpton is survived by his wife, Ruth Talbot Plimpton, and four children, David, Thomas, Anne (Polly), and Edward, and seven grandchildren.
Condolences can be sent to Ruth Plimpton at 10 Longwood Drive, #411, Westwood, Massachusetts 02090.