Summer 2004 Vol. II, Nos 3 and 4
 From the Editors
 To the Editors
 AUB News
 Campaign Update
 Behold Beirut Architecture’s
 New Frontier
 The Post-AUB Architectural Life
 An Exact Type
 Architecture and Graphic Design
 Students “JAM”
 Shaping the Landscape of Lebanon
 Blueprint in Action
 Commencement 2004
 Honorary Degrees 2004
 Young Lebanese Musicians Learn
 Lessons from the Master
 More than a Stamp of Approval: AUB
 Receives Accreditation
 Alumni Profile
 Alumni Activities
 AUB Reflections
 Class Notes
 In Memoriam
 Previous Issues

Class notes


E. Maxine Bruhns (MA ’54), currently director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs, was profiled in the June 6 issue of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in Pennsylvania. The article reported on her work with more than 35 ethnic groups to maintain and create Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning, historic landmarks that perpetuate the cultures and traditions of the countries they represent.  Bruhns also administers Pitt’s Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Program.

Abdul Rahim Malhas (BS ’59, MD ’63) writes that following his graduation from AUB he worked as a general practitioner in the Department of Surgery at the Kuwait Chest Diseases Hospital, after which he joined the Royal Medical Services of the Jordanian Army, where he was surgical resident and commanding officer of a medical regiment. He returned to AUBMC in 1970 for surgical training, then went to St. Marks Hospital in London for a training course in colo-rectal surgery and later returned to Amman to become chief surgeon at Malhas Hospital. In 1993 he was appointed Minister of Health of Jordan. He now practices surgery at several private hospitals in Amman. His wife Rosa Madi (BA ’74) and daughter Ghadeer (MBA ’01), are also proud AUBites, and his daughter Haneen is a Cornell graduate.


Nahla Assali (BA ’60) of Palestine lectured at Black Mountain, North Carolina, on March 28, as part of the “Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision,” program organized by Partners for Peace. Each of the three women represented the Islamic, Christian, or Jewish faith. They had never met before and hoped that by going on tour together, they could show that peace is possible. Assali recently retired from Birzeit University’s Department of English Language and Literature, where she had been a lecturer for 25 years. She is now working for children’s rights as co-founder and chair of Project Loving Care.

Arminee Choukassizian (MA ’66) has been elected secretary of the Lebanese Graduates of British Universities. Choukassizian also holds an MPhil in Anglo-Irish studies from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, in addition to her MA in English literature from AUB.

Wadi Kadi (BA ’65, MA ’69, PhD ’73), who is the Avalon Foundation Distinguished Service Professor of Islamic Studies in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, received the university’s 2004 Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. In honoring Kadi, Peter Dorman, chairman of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations said: “I think part of the appeal she has for students comes out of her enormous competence in a wide range of Arabic literature and poetry. She tends to treat her students as budding professionals, and she has the same standards for students as she has for colleagues in the field.” Kadi is the author of ten books, including a number of primary text editions of Arabic manuscripts, and more than 50 articles.

David Finely Moore (MA ’65) lectured on “Issues of Iraq and the Gulf Area” at the Lenoir Public Library in North Carolina on June 24. A retired professor of Southern West Virginia Community College, Moore received his PhD in Arabic and linguistics from the University of North Carolina and was also an American foreign service officer with experience in Europe and Asia. He lived and worked in the Middle East for eight years, in teaching and training programs for the military forces in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Cesar Nammour (BBA ’61) has a new book out: Amama al-Lawha (In Front of the Painting), recently published by Dar Al-Founoun Al-Jamila Publications in Antelias. The book, in Arabic and profusely illustrated, is a collection of 35 lectures and reviews on Lebanese painters and their works, spanning Nammour’s career as an art critic.


Bahige Baroudy (BS ’72) was appointed vice president for drug discovery at Montreal-based Avance Pharma, formerly Phytobiotech, in April. He will be leading Avance’s effort to create new drugs to combat infectious diseases and cancer. Baroudy earned a place on “The Scientific American 50” list as the top research leader of 2003 in the medical treatment category. Most recently, he was group director of antiviral and antimicrobial therapy at the Schering-Plough Research Institute.

Abdul Rahman Buali (MS ’74) was elected Shura Council member in Bahrain in March. Buali has had over 20 years of civil service experience, and his most recent position was as Health Undersecretary of Bahrain from 1995 to 2000. After receiving his master’s in public health at AUB, he worked as an assistant hospital administrator at what is now the Salmaniya Medical Complex, where he eventually became chief executive officer. In 2000 Buali moved to the United States and earned a PhD from Clayton College of Natural Health in Alabama.

Shadia Habbal (MS ’73) was recently nominated for the Asian Woman of the Year Award for Professional Woman of 2004. She is currently a professor of solar terrestrial physics at the Institute of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Her research, which focuses on exploring the source of solar wind, combines theoretical studies with a wide range of observations made from spacecraft and ground-based instruments. Habbal has played a role in establishing NASA’s solar probe mission, which if approved, will be the first spacecraft to actually fly into the solar cornea.

Khalil Tabsh (MD ’74) was honored by the American Lebanese Medical Association at a gala held on May 29 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Lebanese Minister Karam Karam, who was Tabsh’s professor at AUB, was the guest of honor and keynote speaker. Many AUB medical alumni and friends were on hand to toast Tabsh’s impressive achievements. The night before, Dr. Raja Srour (BS ’65, MD ’69) and Mrs. Srour hosted an elegant dinner at their home in Beverly Hills for Dr. and Mrs. Karam.



Amin Abou Ezzeddine (BA ’86) writes that after nine years as editor at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi, he has now moved to Doha to work at the Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel. Friends can reach him at

Diala Ezzeddine (BS ’84) and her husband Hashim are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter Dunia Alexandra Sarkis, born on May18 at the New England Medical Center in Boston.

Brigitte Khoury (BA ’88) a clinical psychologist who is a member of the AUB Faculty of Medicine and the founding president of the Lebanese Psychological Association, delivered the commencement address at her alma mater, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in California, where she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree on June 12. Speaking to the new graduates, she said: “The challenge that you will face is to be able to recognize individual differences and capitalize on individual strengths, within the context of humaneness and the world as a small village. These are times when it is important to emphasize our similarities and minimize our differences, yet keep our individuality and cultural identity.”

Rabih Khoury (BE ’87), treasurer of the New York Metropolitan Alumni Chapter, married Nadine Kassem in Beirut on June 21. The couple spent their honeymoon in Africa before returning to New York City.

Alain Sabri (BS ’88, MD ’92) writes that after receiving his MD, he completed his surgical residency at Georgetown University in 1994. He went on to a research fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, followed by a residency in otorhinolaryngology (head and neck) surgery at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. Sabri then pursued subspecialty fellowship training in head and neck surgical oncology/reconstructive surgery at Vanderbilt University and also completed another fellowship in otology/skull base surgery at the Ear Foundation in Nashville, while holding an assistant professorship at Vanderbilt. Since 2001 he has been an assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the American Head and Neck Society.


Sana Goulmeih (BA ’94) and husband Joe Naoum welcomed a baby girl, Sophia, into the world on April 13. The happy family resides in Houston, Texas.

Rami Harb (BS ’92, MD ’97) married Maya Charafeddine

(BS ’02) in June 2004 in Beirut. Both are on the staff of the AUB Medical Center, where Harb is a fellow in cardiology and Charafeddine is a research assistant at the tumor registry.

Paul Koder (BE ’92), a wine specialist, was profiled in the May 17 issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatcher of Virginia. Koder founded Wine Trend Inc. ( in January, which specializes in wine consultations, private events, and cellaring programs. After graduating from AUB, he studied at the Cordon Bleu and Ritz Escoffier School in Paris, as well as at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London. He also worked as a negotiator between importers and wineries, helping track down rare wines and offering suggestions on wines for different occasions.

Jamal Merhy (MD ’95), an internal medicine specialist and endocrinologist, was named the new medical director of the Diabetes Center in Ashland, Kentucky in April. She had completed a residency at the University of Rochester and a fellowship at the Marshall University School of Medicine.

Victor Fuad Nasreddine (BS ’96, MS ’98) successfully completed his PhD in physical chemistry at McGill University in Montreal in 2003 and is now working as a senior research scientist with Bayer Canada.

Bassem Safadi (MD ’92) and Leila Kabalan (BA ’98) are pleased to announce the birth of their son Samer on March 31. Bassem is a surgeon at Stanford University and the family lives in Palo Alto, California.


Nadine Kabbani (BB ’00) left the accounting staff of The Washingtonian Magazine in Washington, DC in July to pursue an MBA at Oxford University in England. Kabbani grew up in Saudi Arabia and says she would like to get into venture capital, product marketing, or mergers and acquisitions after completing her MBA.