To the Editors of MainGate
On Exploring the History of AUB
I read with great interest the efforts of librarians Kamila Kassis
and Asma Fathallah in establishing the archives of the American
University of Beirut in “Exploring the History of AUB,”
in the Summer/Fall 2003 MainGate. I highly commend you and your
I would like to mention that I am in the process of writing a manuscript
detailing the history of medical research in the Faculty of Medicine
from its origins to 1975. Whereas, the mission of AUB has been mainly
emphasizing excellence in educating scores of graduates who have
excelled in many walks of life all over the world, there is paucity
of information on medical research done by AUB students and faculty.
Dr. Farid Sami Haddad and his father, Dr. Sami Haddad, are among
those who greatly contributed to the history of Arab medicine and
I would like, in some small measure, to contribute the contents
of my manuscript to the unpublicized work of medical researchers
at the Faculty of Medicine.
Munir E. Nassar (MD ’59)
Pittsford, New York, USA
I want to thank you for producing an outstanding MainGate. It is
a pleasure to read and show to friends. I am an AUB graduate and
a Houston resident. I am a founder and board member of the Arab
American Educational Foundation (AAEF) and participate in various
cultural activities, including being a founder of the AUB Chapter
in Houston. MainGate gives a clear picture of AUB and its activities.
M. Amin Bohsali (BCE ’58)
Honorary Consul of Lebanon in Texas
Houston, Texas, USA
Congratulations on the first edition of MainGate. AUB was and will
be the path of knowledge for the coming generations. I wish continuity
for your magazine and please go on forward towards achievable unachieved
goals, because we are the eyes that are watching.
I have a rather big request. Is it possible to have a special edition
of MainGate that would publish the names and addresses of all AUB
alumni with their classes and majors—or get a list of the
class of 1998 engineering graduates?
Fady Joseph Mousaed (BCE ’98)
Civil and Environmental Engineer
Your request is being answered, Fady! AUB’s development
office is making plans to publish an international alumni directory.
As you can imagine, it is a very large undertaking, since AUB’s
alumni are scattered across the globe. We expect a directory for
North American alumni to be printed in fall 2004 and an international
directory to be completed in the 2006-07 academic year. Meanwhile,
alumni can contact alumni affairs directors Samir Kadi in Beirut
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Miyada Musharbash in New York (email@example.com)
if they want to reconnect with any former classmates.
I found great pleasure in reading
MainGate, which revived my memories of AUB, campus activities, and
news of old friends and colleagues. I always wondered what happened
to the weekly student publication, Outlook, as I was its editor
in 1954-55. It would be a good idea to choose interesting articles
to publish, which will revive nostalgia for us “oldies.”
Omar Adra (BA ’55)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Outlook is as active as ever in bringing news written by AUB students
for the AUB campus community. Look for a story on Outlook’s
great tradition of student journalism in an upcoming issue of MainGate
We really enjoy reading MainGate and staying
updated on what is happening at AUB
Fay Andary (BA ’83) and
Firas Halawani (BE ’81)
MainGate, more than any previous AUB publication, has quenched the
alumni’s thirst for information and kept us in touch with
developments at our beloved alma mater.
S. Srouji (MD ’44)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
the Milk Bar”
(MainGate, Spring 2003, Vol. 1, No.
With reference to the article on the Milk Bar in the Spring 2003
MainGate, I would like to mention that the Ada Dodge Milk Bar was
not the first on campus but the second.
The first Milk Bar, at least the first one we knew, was located
on the first floor of West Hall, facing what was the Faculty Room
and overlooking the steps that led down to the Post Office and the
College Store on the Dodge Hall side, and the steps that led from
the banyan tree to West Hall on the Marquand House side. I don’t
know when the second Milk Bar was opened, but until I graduated
from AUB in 1951, and as far back as I can remember since I was
a child, Dodge Hall used to house the cafeteria for the boarding
department, not the Milk Bar.
Our Milk Bar was small with maybe only ten tables, but it was every
bit as much fun as any other larger or more fancy one. The waiters,
whose names, I’m ashamed to admit, I do not remember, were
more friends than employees, and everything the Milk Bar offered
was the best quality. We spent many memorable hours there, studying,
gabbing, laughing, discussing—boys and girls together trying
to change the world, much like any other generation before and after
I hope all the students who now frequent the existing facility are
having as much fun as we had, and will enjoy as many great memories
as we do until now.
Najwa Shaheen Haffar (BA '51)