Spring 2008 Vol. VI, No. 3
Vahram Babikian (MD ’36)
passed away on January 1, 2008 in Fresno California. He was born in Aintab,
Turkey on December 29, 1911. His family was forced to move to Syria and
subsequently Lebanon during the Armenian Genocide. After he graduated
in 1936, he returned to Syria to practice medicine in Aleppo. In 1955
he received training in psychiatry at Central Islip Psychiatric Hospital
on Long Island, New York before returning to Aleppo to start a psychiatry
practice. He and his wife of 58 years moved to Fresno in 1992, retiring
after more than 50 years of medical practice. He is survived by his wife
Odette and two children, Vera (BA ’70) and Paul (MD ’83).
Adrian Marshall (MD ’42)
passed away November 5, 2007 at the age of 90 in his La Jolla, California
home. After receiving his MD degree, he joined the US Army, and was sent
to Europe during WWII where he served as a surgeon during the D-Day invasion.
He was a founding member of the Academy of General Practice, now the American
Academy of Family Practice. He served as president of the New Hampshire
Chapter and later as president of the San Diego Academy of General Practice.
He is survived by his daughters Patricia, Pamela, Prudy, and Polly and
wife Elizabeth Kuenzler Marshall, who wrote that her husband ran for the
AUB track and field team under Coach Trabulsi, and won a race for AUB
against the Egyptian army.
George Habash (BS ’47, MD ’51)
passed away on January 26, 2008 in Amman at the age of 82. Born on August
22, 1926 in Lydda, Palestine, Habash and his family fled Palestine to
Lebanon following the 1948 Palestinian nakba. In 1951 he received his
MD degree with a specialty in pediatrics, and the following year he opened
the Clinic of the People and a school for Palestinian refugees in Amman.
In 1952 he founded the Arab Nationalist Movement with Wadi Haddad, Ahmad
al Khatib, and Hani al Hundi. Following the Six-Day War in 1967, Habash
established the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine— a leftist
and nationalist group opposed to any concession of Arab land to Israel.
A militant and political activist, Habash rotated his activities among
Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon where many members of his group worked closely
with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) during 1975–76.
Abdul-Hamid Wain (MA ‘63)
passed away at the age of 83 in January 2008 in the town of Sargodha,
Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro expressed deep
sorrow over the death of Wain, who was at one point his teacher. In a
message addressed to Wain’s daughter, Nudrat Nisar, Soomro remembers the
contributions and commitment of her father to promoting education and
social welfare in Pakistan. After completing his