Inside the Gate
  Views from Campus: Honorary Degrees and Graduation 2008; Western Students Exceed
Lebanese Expectations; Teaching in Tehran; A May Explosion
Fast Track to Slow Food: A Crash Course in Lebanese Heritage Cuisine
Heavenly Halloumi
Better Barley, Wonder Wheat and Champion Chickpeas
A Night Out in Beirut
In Our History
Alumni Profile
Maingate Connections
Alumni Happenings
Class Notes
AUB Reflections
In Memoriam
From the President
From the Editors
Letters to the Editors
Last Glance
Charles W. Hostler Student Center Welcomes Students, Staff and Alumni
Try it On On-line
Redefining Nursing in Lebanon
Collecting Lebanon's Past
Fast Track to Slow Food: A Tour of Lebanon's Best Culinary Traditions
Better Barley, Wonder Wheat and Champion Chickpeas
Class notes: May Albert Rihani Receives the 2008 Khalil Gibran International Award
Last Glance: Lee Observatory

Summer 2008 Vol. VI, No. 4

In Memoriam

Faculty and Friends

Nancy Malek
, MD, instructor of clinical pediatrics and full-time member of the Department of Pediatrics, passed away suddenly on June 8 after suffering from a bleeding cerebral aneurysm. Malek graduated with an MD degree from St. Joseph University Medical School in Beirut in 1996. She completed residency programs at Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital at Columbia University and at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University Medical Center, and she held a pediatric neurology fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University Medical Center.

Trustee Emeritus Robert F. Goheen, president emeritus of Princeton University and former US ambassador to India, passed away on April 1 at the age of 88 due to heart failure. Robert Francis Goheen was born on August 15, 1919, in Vengurla, India. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1948 and was later chosen to be the youngest president in Princeton’s history in 1956. Goheen was elected to AUB’s Board of Trustees in 1983, and served as chairman from 1987-94 during some of the most violent years of the Lebanese civil war. When he was appointed trustee emeritus in 1994, Goheen said, “My years here have been a rewarding experience, particularly because of the inspirational performance of the faculty, staff, students, and parents who sustained the University during the years of Lebanese national upheaval. I am thankful that my time here saw the return of peace to Lebanon, and of harmony and growth to AUB.”


Dr. Adnan Bashir Baydoun (MD '46) died on February 26 at his home in Palos Park, at the age of 86. After graduating from AUB he continued his medical training and specialty in obstetrics and gynecology at Fairview Park Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio (1947-49) and at Lincoln Park Hospital in New York (1949-53). He practiced medicine into his 80s, serving as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Palos Community Hospital, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago, and clinical associate professor at Rush Medical School. He was introduced to the Physicians Hall of Fame of EHS Trinity Hospital in Chicago. Baydoun is survived by his wife, brother, three children, and five grandchildren.

Salim Firzli (MD '47), former professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, passed away on March 27. Firzli was born in Beirut on August 29, 1922. After graduating from AUB with an MD he received a British Council scholarship that enabled him to travel to London for further training. Firzli returned to AUB as assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics in 1957 and became a professor in 1980. He is the recipient of many honors and awards from the Department of Pediatrics, the American University of Beirut, the AUB Alumni Association, and national and international societies. He also received the Cedars Medal from the president of the Republic of Lebanon and the Gold Medal from the Lebanese Order of Physicians. Firzli is survived by his wife Nabila Milki-Firzli and three sons.

George N. Atiyeh (BA '48, MA '50), librarian and scholar who acquired and developed much of the Library of Congress's collection of publications concerning the Middle East, passed away on April 21 at the age of 84 of pneumonia at the Virginian nursing facility in Fairfax County, Virginia. Born in Lebanon, he received a PhD in the history of philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1954. He joined the Library of Congress in 1967 and became a leading figure in Middle Eastern Studies, serving on a White House Advisory Committee on Islamic affairs in 1979. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, three children, three sisters, and two

Feisal S. Keblawi (BE '57) passed away at the age of 72 on December 2 at his home in Capital Hospice in Arlington County, Virginia after suffering from multiple myeloma. Born in Acre, Palestine in 1935, Keblawi received his master's degree in 1962 and doctorate in 1965 in electrical engineering

from North Carolina State University. After serving 14 years at the Federal Aviation Administration, Keblawi retired in 2004 as an information systems security manager. He received a medal from the Transportation Department in 1998. Keblawi is survived by his wife Suhad and four children.

Sirvart Kasparian (Israelian) Sakr (BS '65, MS '67) passed away on January 17 in Beirut. Between 1968 and 1974 Sakr was an instructor in the Chemistry Department. An active alumnus and a generous contributor to AUB, she was proud of her achievements at AUB and grateful for her education. She is survived by her husband Atef (BBA '65), who works as an assistant general manager at LCB Bank in Beirut, her son, and a daughter.

Andrew Vincent (MA '82), visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration, passed away on April 6 after a prolonged illness. Vincent was the director of the Macquarie Center for Middle East and North African Studies at Macquarie University in Australia. After graduating from AUB, he studied for a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Australia, his home country, to take up various academic positions. Vincent continued to hold his classes at AUB, in spite of his illness, until he passed away. He is survived by his wife Petra Canard.

My husband Fred C. Bruhns and I came to Beirut in 1952 when his proposal to study Palestinian refugee attitudes was funded by the Ford Foundation. I enrolled at AUB to complete my master's degree. As we travelled to camps in Lebanon and the Jordan Valley visiting Bedouins and displaced families whose sons' classes were held outside in the sand, we became acutely aware of the Palestinian catastrophe. Though our refugee and USAID work took us to Vietnam, Cambodia, Iran, Germany, Greece, and Gabon, the Palestinians' human plight remained a constant concern. In 2006, I decided to commemorate my husband's memory by making a charitable gift to AUB. It will provide tuition assistance to academically qualified Palestinian students as they prepare for life at our outstanding American University of Beirut.
E. Maxine Bruhns

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