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In Memoriam

AUB Remembers Shehadeh Abboud

On November 5, 2002 Assistant to the Vice President of Regional External Programs (REP) and Director of the Continuing Education Center at AUB Shehadeh Abboud died after a long illness. REP VP George Najjar noted on his passing that “Mr. Abboud embodied the finest values of dedication, selflessness, and commitment to service.”

Abboud joined AUB in 1969. His positions included director of the Orientation Program, associate registrar, and director of the Special English Training Program for the Hariri Foundation. He received a Service Quality Award in April 2002 for his fine work and dedication to AUB. President Waterbury commented at the ceremony, “Shehadeh has completed over three decades of exemplary service to the University. Noted for his legendary efficiency, obsessive punctuality, and ample courtesy, Shehadeh has for many years set the tempo of daily work on campus by being the first to show up in the morning and the last to leave. He embodies the finest values of AUB and has served as an inspiring role model for many generations. In his case, excellence has always been a simple habit reflecting genuine pride in a job well done.”

Abboud is survived by his wife, Aida, his two daughters, Paula and Lara, and his son, Robert.

Foud Bashour
(BS ’44, MD ’49) died on January 1, two days before his 79th birthday, of a heart attack. For more than 40 years Dr. Bashour enlightened students at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas with his eloquent, gentle teaching style. A cardiologist, he was named professor emeritus in 1995. Four years later, he was named Ashbel Smith Professor of Medicine and Physiology, one of five such honors the University of Texas allows at each of its campuses.

Dr. Bashour was born in Tripoli to a family of physicians and dentists. After earning his degrees from AUB, he began practicing medicine in the Gaza Strip as a UN officer. He later completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a doctorate in medicine in 1957. Bashour joined Southwestern Medical School in 1959 and was regarded as one of its most brilliant diagnosticians and teachers by students and faculty.

From 1967 to 1978, he was founder and director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas. He was also on the staff of Parkland Memorial Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital. In 1992
he established the Foud A. and Val Imm Bashour Distinguished Chair in Physiology at UT Southwestern to help young faculty members with research. “His interest was always in encouraging and developing young persons and giving them every help he could,” Mrs. Bashour told The Dallas Morning News. The Lebanese government
honored Dr. Bashour with the Order of Cedars for his “outstanding service to humanity in the field of medicine.”

He is survived by his wife, Val Imm Bashour, who has been a columnist for The Dallas Morning News and society editor and columnist for the Dallas Times Herald, and a brother and sister who live in Beirut.

Yusuf Ibish (BA ’50, MA ’51, Faculty 1952-85) passed away in London on January 23. Professor Yusuf Ibish was internationally known as an expert in Middle Eastern politics and Islamic
studies. Educated at AUB, like his father before him and his daughter, Dr. Ibish served for 33 years in the Department
of Political Studies and Public Administration. Following his retirement, Ibish continued his academic career at the American University in Washington, DC, where he was a
distinguished professor from 1985 to 89, and at Cambridge University in the UK as a visiting professor from 1991 to 92. Former students remember Professor Ibish’s high expectations of his students as well as his sense of humor.


Throughout his career, Ibish was a staunch supporter of Islamic culture, and instrumental in bringing an understanding of Islam to the non-Islamic world. In 1976 he played a key role in the organizing the World of Islam Festival in London. Rich in art exhibitions, lectures, conferences, concerts, films, books and catalogues, the exhibition, which also sponsored smaller exhibitions throughout Great Britain, was described as perhaps the most important cultural event on Islam ever held in the West.

Ibish published 24 books and 70 articles throughout his scholarly career. He served on the boards of the Islamic Culture Center in Beirut, the Von Kremmer Foundation in Switzerland, and the Imperial Academy of Philosophy in Tehran, and as member of the Steering Committee of King Abdul Aziz University’s Hajj Research Center in Jeddah. Until his death Ibish was director of the Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation in London.

Hala Salaam Maksoud, (BS ’64) a strong voice for Arab causes, Arab-American dialogue, and Arab women, died in April 2002 in Washington, DC at the age of 59. In the 1980s, during a highly visible education campaign to focus the US government on Arab suffering, she emerged as the founder and president of the Arab Women’s Council, becoming a tireless advocate of Arab-American, feminist, and progressive causes who attained the status of a nationally recognized figure in civil and human rights.

She went on to earn her master’s degree in government and her doctorate in political theory, both from Georgetown University. She taught courses on Arab women’s issues at Georgetown and on international relations at George Mason University.

From 1996 to 2001, Hala served as president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, an organization she helped found with Senator James Abourezk. She also had a long history of charitable activities, concluding with her establishment of the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab American Leadership in the final months of her life. In 2001, Georgetown University proposed to establish the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies. Her husband, Clovis (BA ’48) survives her.

Victor Najjar (MD ’35), former chairman of the Department of Microbiology at Vanderbilt University and a highly regarded scientist, died on November 30, 2002 in Nashville. Born in Lebanon, Dr. Najjar trained at Johns Hopkins University after graduating from AUB. He joined Vanderbilt in 1957 to establish a microbiology department. During his career, Najjar made several discoveries that advanced knowledge of certain diseases. He and a colleague, Dr. John Crigler, reported their research on an inherited liver disorder that causes lifelong jaundice known as Crigler-Najjar syndrome. He was author of hundreds of articles and discovered a small molecule named Tuftsin, which assists the body’s immune system in fighting infection and removing abnormal cancer cells. In 1967 Najjar became Professor of the American Cancer Society and chairman of the molecular biology department at Tufts University School of Medicine. He returned
to Vanderbilt in 1992 as a senior faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics. He is survived by three children and seven grandchildren.

Majorie A. Sa’adah (BA ’37) was born in 1914 in the Armenian community of Konya, Turkey. Majorie, her mother, and two brothers became refugees after her father was killed by the Turks. The family moved to Beirut where Majorie went on to study at AUB and met her husband Mounir Sa’adah. They married in 1937. Majorie was fluent in four languages and worked at the Near East Supply Center and the American Embassy. The Sa’adahs moved to Woodstock, Vermont in 1946, where Mounir was a teacher and minister. In 1964 they moved to Connecticut where Majorie became the administrator at Yale University’s Southeast Asia Studies Program. The Sa’adahs moved back to Vermont for their retirement in 1991. She is
survived by her husband, two sons, and a daughter. A memorial service
is planned in Hanover, New Hampshire in May.