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In Memoriam

Abdo I. Baaklini (BA ’60, MA ’63) died on November 11, 2003, in Glens Falls, New York, after a long illness. He was 65. Born in 1938 in Dhour Shweir, Lebanon, he was the son of Iskandar A. Baaklini and Sadah Yacoub Baaklini. Following his graduation from AUB with degrees in Public Administration, he went on to receive his PhD in Political Science from the State University of New York (SUNY) in Albany, for which he completed a dissertation entitled, “Legislatures and Political Development: Lebanon 1840–1970.”

Baaklini, as the director of the Center for Legislative Development at the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY-Albany, was instrumental in obtaining a number of grants and contracts from US federal agencies to research, design, and implement projects to strengthen and promote visible democratic systems and good governance in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. He joined SUNY in 1972 as an assistant professor and became full professor in 1994. His areas of expertise included legislative administration and policy, development and international administration, comparative politics and administration, public management, and organizational theory. Baaklini traveled extensively and spoke several languages, including Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. He was the author of several books and numerous articles and received the first Rockefeller College Lifetime Achievement Award from SUNY-Albany. He had previously worked at AUB as a specialist in personnel and regional training. Baaklini is survived by his wife, Rehab Karami, and their two children.

Lucien Dahdah (BA ’49), former Foreign Minister of Lebanon died on November 16, 2003, at the age of 74. He had served in the interim military cabinet of Noureddine Rifai in May 1975 and was the only civilian minister in the cabinet. Born in 1929, Dahdah studied at AUB, at the Sorbonne in Paris, and at several universities in England. He was also a professor at AUB and later chaired the board of directors of Intra Investment from 1970 to 1976 and again from 1989 to 1993. Prominent in the development of media agencies, he was a founding member of the Tele-Orient television station and a founder of the Monte-Carlo Moyen-Orient Radio Station.

Jamil Karsh
(BA ’42, MD ’46) of Middlebury, Connecticut, died on July 2, 2002 at the age of 82. Dr. Karsh emigrated to Canada after finishing his studies at AUB and later moved to the United States, where he practiced medicine in Waterbury, Connecticut, until his retirement 1993. He married Marjorie Hare and they had two sons, Allen and Steven. He always spoke fondly of his memories of AUB. A great man, always kind and loving to friends and family, he is deeply missed.

Daniel Katibah (BA ’38, MD ’43) died on November 11, 2002, at the age of 87. He was married to the late Lily Ramez Sarkis and they had three children, Walid, Nabil, and Aida, who are all AUB graduates. From 1943 to 1948, Dr. Katibah served as an intern and resident at the American Presbyterian Mission Hospital in Tripoli, after which he practiced surgery for several years. He founded the New Assi Hospital in Homs, Syria, in 1948, which is still in existence. Dr. Katibah was president of the Order of Physicians in Homs, Syria, in 1965-66 and served for many years as a member of the executive committee and chairman of the medical committee of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. He was also on the board of overseers of the Lebanese American University.

Latifa Ghandour Mneimneh (MD ’55) died on October 12, 2003, at the age of 74. After completing her medical studies, she was an associate professor in the Department of Pathology at AUB until 1977, after which she moved to the United States. There, she completed her residency and a fellowship in pathology at Harvard University Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Mneimneh then became a professor of pathology at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center, where she remained for over 20 years. She was the author of many published medical articles. Dr. Mneimneh will be always remembered for her kindness towards her patients, students, and colleagues. She was a remarkable teacher and an outstanding surgical pathologist who earned the respect of all who interacted with her. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Walid Mneimneh, and their three children.

Jean Moadié (MD ’47) passed away peacefully at the AUBMC on November 24, 2003, at the age of 80. He was born in Zahleh on February 7, 1923. Throughout his career, he was greatly interested in two major medical fields: aviation medicine and allergies. He was among the founders of aviation medicine in Lebanon and was entrusted with periodically examining the pilots of the Lebanese air fleets. He also represented Lebanon at many conferences and executive meetings related to civil aviation medicine around the world. Dr. Moadié, who was responsible for the Medical Center’s OPD for many years, was an extremely thorough physician and is remembered with affection and admiration as a devoted teacher and gentleman.

During his last days, he often reminded his friends that he had studied medicine thanks to a generous scholarship provided by the Shehadeh family. Wanting to show his thanks, Dr. Moadié expressed his wish that an endowment fund in his name be established for a scholarship at the Faculty of Medicine. He will be remembered with much love and devotion by his sister, Hilda, and by his relatives, friends, patients, and colleagues.

Yacoub D. Soussou
(BS Pharmacy ’65) died in Montreal on July 25, 2003, at the age of 65 after having braved a long illness with remarkable courage. Soussou was the eldest of eight brothers and sisters, all of whom graduated from AUB with different degrees. During his years at the School of Pharmacy, he was a very active student. He was captain of the football team and president of the Pharmacy Students Society—and the many interesting activities he organized are still remembered by all those who knew him. After graduation, Soussou worked as production manager of a local pharmaceutical company, then moved to Doha, Qatar, during the Lebanese civil war, where he opened a trading company that handled hospital equipment. Two decades later, Soussou settled in Montreal, Canada, where he also established a trading company. He is survived by his wife Jeanne d'Arc Baradi and their sons David, Freddy, and Charles.