Returning the Good Will
Moadié laughs when she tells the story now. “We had never heard of
scholarships at the time. We didn’t know what they were or that such
things existed,” she explains.
father retired when my brother was only 12 years old. Jean—my
brother—was worried, because he did not know if there would be money
for him to go to school. My father reassured him that he had enough
money.” Hilda Moadié is relating the story of how her younger brother,
Dr. Jean Moadié, first came to AUB in the 1930s to attend the French
section of its preparatory school. (The preparatory school became
independent in 1960 and is now known as International College.)
came time for him to go to university, Jean did not want to do
medicine because he knew it would take seven years to complete the
program. He was always a responsible person, and he was anxious to
finish university and get a job so that he could earn money quickly
and help the family. But, I felt that he wanted to study medicine. He
applied to AUB and he got in,” Hilda says.
relates this story: “I was reading a journal that he kept when he was
17 years old. In the journal, my brother wrote, ‘Today I quarreled
with Hilda. I quarrel frequently for nonsensical reasons with Eugenie,
but with Hilda it was serious. She was smoking!’” Hilda laughs. “Think
of that! Even then, he was worried about health issues.”
his first year at AUB, Jean worked as a messenger in the president’s
office. “Whenever he had a free moment, he would study. He always got
good grades,” his sister remembers. At the end of his first year at
AUB, Moadié was informed that he had been awarded a Shehadeh
Scholarship—and that the award would be retroactive to the beginning
of his first year. “He had not applied or anything. Jean was stunned,
and he was so happy. It was a very generous scholarship. It even paid
for his books,” Hilda says.
The late Dr. Jean Moadieh.
“We actually knew the Shehadeh family, because we were also from Zahle, but we
did not know about this scholarship,” Hilda Moadié explains. The scholarship
made a huge difference to Jean and enabled him to pursue his studies at AUB. Dr.
Jean Moadié graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1947 and went on to enjoy
a long and distinguished career at AUB, before retiring in 1988. His sister
Hilda was also at AUB for many years, working both at the hospital and at the
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences until her retirement in 1979.
“When we knew that
the end was near,” Hilda Moadié says, “we had this idea to establish a
scholarship fund in my brother’s name, so that we could help other students the
way Jean had been helped.” At the late Dr. Moadié’s request, the Dr. Jean Moadié
Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund has now been established at AUB to provide
financial support for medical students.
AUB is currently
working to raise a $15-million financial aid fund as part of its $140-million,
five-year Campaign for Excellence drive. “It seems that people often want to
give money to build something. They should also think of giving money for
financial aid,” remarks Hilda Moadié.