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Beirutis Set One Fine Table

Inaugurating the Diya Mutasim Dermatology Library
Incoming:  Welcome to new VP and FM Dean Dr. Mohamed H. Sayegh and FAS Dean Patrick McGreevy.

Summer 2009 Vol. VII, No. 4

In Memoriam

Friends and Colleagues

A professor of mathematics for 35 years, Edward S. Kennedy recently passed away at the age of 97 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

After graduating from Lafayette College in 1932 with a BS in electrical engineering, Kennedy taught at Alborz College, a secondary boys’ school in Iran. He returned to academia to earn a PhD in mathematics from Lehigh University and was an assistant professor at the University of Alabama before joining AUB in 1946.

Kennedy translated and analyzed rare scientific Arabic manuscripts in pursuit of his lifelong research interests in Islamic culture and history and spent time at both the American Research Center in Egypt (1976-78) and at the Institute for the History of Arab Science in Aleppo, Syria (1978–80) after he retired from teaching.

Kennedy was made a member of the Order of al Istiqlal by Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan in 2001 for his contribution to the study of Islamic culture.

He is survived by his wife, whom he met in Lebanon where she taught at the Beirut College for Women (now the Lebanese American University), their three children, and six grandchildren.

Condolences can be sent to Mary Helen Kennedy at kennmhk(at) or by phone at 215 340 7199.

Lane Ameen, a longtime friend and supporter of AUB passed away on June 13 at age 85. He spent many decades at Yale University as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, fellow of Jonathan Edwards College. In the 1980s, Ameen was a consultant for the Kuwaiti government, working with the University of Kuwait to help set up psychiatric departments, hospitals and outpatient facilities.

Born in Hopewell, Virginia to Lebanese parents, Ameen graduated from the University of Virginia in 1943, where he also received his M.D. His psychiatric training was received at the Menninger Institute, and his psychoanalytic training at Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Ameen was a Captain in the U.S. Army, and served as a psychiatric consultant and practitioner to the government in many capacities, including many years of service with the Veterans Administration Healthcare System.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, May Sams Ameen, a son, a daughter, a sister and a brother, as well as four grandchildren.

Helen Khal (née Joseph) passed away on May 20 in Ajaltoun, Lebanon. A painting instructor at AUB (1967–76), Khal was a renowned painter, author, and critic and continued to paint until just a few days before she died.

Khal moved to Lebanon in 1946 and married a young Lebanese poet, Yusuf Al-Khal. They later divorced. She studied at the Academie Libanese des Beaux Arts and at the Arts Students League in New York and founded Lebanon’s first permanent art gallery, Gallery One, in 1963.

As a writer on art and culture, Khal contributed articles to The Daily Star for many years and wrote The Woman Artist in Lebanon (1987). She was also a copyeditor for AUB’s MainGate magazine and the monthly newsletter AUB Bulletin Today.

Influenced by the Lebanese artist Aref Rayess and others, Khal’s work was exhibited in the Galerie Alecco Saab, Beirut; the Galerie Trois Feuilles d’Or, Beirut; Galerie Manoug, Beirut; the First National Bank, Allentown, Pennsylvania; the Contact Art Gallery, Beirut; and the Bolivar Gallery in Kingston, Jamaica. Her work also appeared in the Biennales of Alexandria and Sao Paulo.

Khal is survived by her two sons, Tarek and Jawad, both mathematicians, a sister, and five grandchildren.

Marwan Mazhar (1930–2009), longtime friend of AUB and President’s Club member, passed away on February 24, 2009. Mazhar, who graduated from the University of Louisiana in 1957 in civil engineering, pioneered Lebanon’s reputation as a leading center of expertise in transport planning, design, and implementation. In 1964 he joined the newly founded Dar Al-Handasah Consultants, based in Beirut. His first project was in Saudi Arabia as the resident engineer for the construction of the Taif-Al Hawiyah road. He went on to design roads in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. By 1970 he was head of the Transportation Department of Dar Al-Handasah, and in 1980 he was appointed to the Board of the International Road Federation (IRF), where he became instrumental in promoting and disseminating transportation knowledge on the international stage. By the 1980s, the Transportation Department of Dar Al-Handasah was ranked in the top 10 of engineering consultancies worldwide. It has maintained this position to this day. Marwan Mazhar is survived by his wife Nahla Hwalla, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, and his three children Tarek, Omar, and Iyad.


Dear Friends:
My mother, Mary Poghaharian de Kevorkian (Nursing Diploma, 1932), died on February 29, 2004, in Buenos Aires at the age of 91.

My mother paid for her studies by washing the windows of the AUB Hospital [AUH]. After getting her degree in nursing, she worked at AUH as a surgical assistant. In 1938 she moved to Argentina with her brother and began work at the local British Hospital where she cared for English soldiers who had fought the German army at the battle of La Plata River near Montevideo. After she married in 1945, she stopped her hospital work and moved to the city of La Plata where my sister and I were born.

My mother often spoke of her fond memories of Beirut, the AUB campus, her teachers, fellow students, and friends—especially her close friend Aznive who was the wife of Netko Ettinoff (AUB faculty, 1940s, director of activities and instructor of fine arts). When College Hall was destroyed at the end of the civil war in Lebanon, my mother gave as generously as she could towards its reconstruction.

Now I am writing this letter to say thank you for the decades of sending copies of Al-Kulliyah, MainGate, and other AUB publications that were so important to my mother. AUB was always in her thoughts.

Edgardo Kevorkian
Buenos Aires

Professor Emeritus Salim Maksoud (BA ’40, BS ’45), an expert on water resources and irrigation in the Middle East, died on June 24. After earning degrees in civil engineering and agricultural economics, Maksoud earned a doctorate in engineering from the University of California. He joined AUB as an adjunct professor in 1947, became head of the Agricultural Division in 1955, and a full professor in 1964. Between 1966 and 1989, Maksoud worked for Dar Al-Handasah while continuing to teach at AUB. He designed and supervised the construction of more than 200 water-related projects in Africa and the Middle East, participated in many World Bank and United Nations projects, and assisted with Lebanon’s National Industrial Waste Management Plan (1995-97). Maksoud was active in civic life, serving as president of the Litani Authority for more than 30 years and as a member of the board of several ministerial committees. He is survived by his children, Wadih Maksoud, Mona Nawfal, and Nada Maksoud.

Marwan W. Mounaimne (BS ’73, MD ’77) A retired neurologist, Mounaimne passed away on January 28 at the age of 57. He completed his residency at Georgetown University where he was chief resident and a fellowship at Boston University Medical Center. A dedicated doctor, Mounaimne was in private practice for 25 years, primarily in Virginia Beach. An assistant professor of neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Mounaimne chaired the Quality Assurance Committee, the Peer Review Committee, and the Ethics Committee that he founded at Sentara Bayside Hospital. He was a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Virginia Neurologic Society, the American Electroencephalographic Society, and the Virginia Beach Medical Society.

He enjoyed the outdoors especially the beach and the mountains, which reminded him of Lebanon. Mounaimne is survived by his wife, Karen, a son, a daughter, and two brothers, Riad (BE ’74) an engineer, and Hassan (BARCH ’80), an architect.

Hussam El Sabban (BS ’92) passed away in Dubai on May 12.  El Sabban earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing and was an active member of the AUB nursing community. He founded the Nursing Club Society and served as treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee of the Nurses’ Chapter of the AUB Alumni Association. El Sabban worked as a senior performance development manager at Nestlé Nutrition, Middle East. He was the brother of Dr. Marwan El Sabban of AUB’s Department of Human Morphology.