Winter 2007 Vol. V, No. 2
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 email@example.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 Longmans 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 AUBs 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 MEAs
Cedar Wings and for the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism profiling various
regions in Lebanon.