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Winter 2007 Vol. V, No. 2

In Memoriam

Sima Faris Young (MD ’90) lost her battle with cancer on November 4. She was a practicing physician at SUNY Buffalo and at the University of Maryland Medical Center where she co-founded the Institute of Human Virology and treated HIV+, cancer, and transplant patients. She leaves her husband Bradford Young and a loving family. Her husband established a nonprofit foundation in her memory dedicated to the research and discovery of treatments and cures for breast cancer.

Ghina Hijazi (BA ’97, MPH ’99) passed away tragically after a battle with illness in Saudi Arabia on May 10 at the age of 29. She attended AUB where she received her degrees in Public Administration and Hospital Management. After graduation she moved to Saudi Arabia to marry Charif El Samman (BA ’96). She is survived by her husband and children. Her family may be contacted at racha_h@hotmail.com

Shahan K. Soghikian (BA ’48), an assistant professor at the School of Engineering 1952-57, died on May 25. After graduating from AUB, he received his MS in Civil Engineering from Columbia University (1952). Before returning to Lebanon, he worked in the design office of Hershtal and King, completing plans for the first New York State Highway overhead bridges. In 1958 Soghikian opened his own office in Beirut, S.K.S. Engineering, which he closed in 1981.Soghikian is survived by his former wife, their three children, and seven grandchildren.

Nicola Ziadeh, AUB professor emeritus, died on July 27. Ziadeh taught history at AUB for many years (1949-73). He was also a visiting professor at many universities in the United States and India, devoting himself to education and scholarship for more than 75 years. A specialist in the history of Syria and North Africa, Ziadeh was lively and informal in the classroom, inspiring one student to say, “When we studied Libya, we traveled to North Africa with him.”

In addition to being editor of Longman’s Arab Background Series from 1969 to 1990, Ziadeh published more than 40 books in Arabic dealing with Arabic-Islamic civilization and culture. Ziadeh was a member of several academic societies, including the American Oriental Society, the American Medieval Society, and the Iraqi Academic Society, and was an honorary member of the German Oriental Society. Ziadeh is survived by his two sons, Raed and Bassem (BAr ’74) who live in London.

Fuad Michel Nahhas, emeritus professor of biology at the University of the Pacific, passed away on June 14 from complications of heart failure.  After graduating from AUB with an associate degree in medical technology in 1953, he traveled to California to continue his studies. He completed a BS at Santa Rosa College, an MS at the University of the Pacific, and earned a PhD from Purdue University in Indiana. He spent 36 years fulfilling his passion for teaching in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of the Pacific, where he taught primarily microbiology and parasitology. Nahhas is survived by his wife of 53 years, Georgette Musallam Nahhas (Nurs. Dip. ’53), his daughters, and their families.

Calvin W. Schwabe, a member of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Health Sciences (1956-66) died on June 24 at his home in Haverford, Pennsylvania at the age of 79. He was a global authority on diseases communicable from animals to man, a philosopher, and a historian. While at AUB, he developed a significant research program on hydatid disease and other parasitic zoonoses, and helped found both the Department of Tropical Health (l957) and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (l962). In addition to his more than 200 publications, Schwabe was a leader on the interface of human and veterinary medicine and pioneered the concept of “One Medicine.” He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gwendolyn Schwabe, two children and four grandchildren.

Elaine Larwood, former writer and editor in AUB’s Office of Information and Public Relations passed away July 31 at AUH after a long illness. She was 71. Before moving to Lebanon in the early 1960s, Larwood worked as a press reporter and traveled to Cambodia and Congo. In addition to working at the Office of Information and Public Relations, Larwood taught English at the American Language Center and worked as a writer and editor on several university publications. She also wrote for MEA’s Cedar Wings and for the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism profiling various regions in Lebanon.