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Prominent American Lebanese
Updated Mar 2008

It is estimated that there are about 3 million American-Lebanese.  Here are some who have made a difference in their fields and communities. 
Please help us keep this list updated and send us your nominations.

 

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Sports
 

 

Activists 

bulletFouad Ajami, Scholar, Academic, Consultant, Activist and Head of Middle East Studies at John Hopkins University.
bulletRabih Aridi, Treasurer and Board Member of Amnesty International USA.
bulletBill Ferris, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
bulletTony Haddad, President of the Lebanese American Council for Democracy, Lobbyist.
bulletJoseph Hitti, President of New England Americans for Lebanon ( NEAL).
bulletRalph Johns, A key white participant in the civil rights movement in the 1960's; encouraged the famous Woolworth 'sit-in' at a lunch counter in Greensboro,
North Carolina.
bulletCandy Lightner, Founder of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
bulletHabib Malik, Scholar, Human Rights Activist and Academic. Son of the late Charles Malik, one of the founding members of the United Nations Charter.
bulletRalph Nader, Ex-Presidential candidate and Head of the Green Party.
bulletDaniel Nassif, President of the American Lebanese Institute, US Representative of the Council of Lebanese American Organizations, Activist, Consultant, Lobbyist.
bulletElias Saadi, Cardilogist, knighted by Lebanon with Order of the Cedar, the highest award granted by the Lebanese government to a civilian.  Secretary General of
the  International Maronite Foundation.
bulletEdward M. Salem, Chairman of the International Maronite Foundation.
bulletGeorge Salem, Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, National Head of the U.S. Department of Labor Practice & Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletCamille Sarrouf, Senior partner of the Boston law firm of Sarrouf, Tarricone & Flemming, former president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.
Also passionately and actively involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and was the Chairman of its Board of Governors
from 1994 to 1998. Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletPaul Michael Wihbey, IASPS Strategic Fellow who specializes in US energy and security in the Persian Gulf and adjacent areas. As a former vice president of the
Federal Liberal Party of Canada during the Trudeau Administration, he was a member of the Canadian parliamentary and diplomatic fact-finding missions to Lebanon
in the early 1980s. Also serves as a consultant on Middle East security, economics and political issues to US-based multinationals, Congress and the Department of Defense.
bulletStephen P. Yokich, Union leader. In 1995 he became the eighth president of the sixty-year-old UAW, a labor union officially named the International Union of
United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America.
bulletJohn Zogby, One of America's preeminent pollsters, keeping tabs on public opinion and other statistics; founder of Zogby International
bulletGeorge Zoghby, President of the Mobile Area Chapter of the National Alliance of Lebanese Americans

 

Art & Literature

bulletWilliam Peter Blatty, Author. Best known for his best-selling book and Academy Award-winning screenplay "The Exorcist".
bulletVance Bourjaily, Novelist. Known for his nonfiction articles about outdoor activities, some of which have been published in collections like his 1997 book
"Fishing by Mail: An Outdoor Life of a Father and Son".
bulletHussam A. Fadhi,  Award-winning sculptor whose work is displayed around the world, including the Bush Presidential Library.
bulletGibran Khalil Gibran: Highly respected poet/thinker. Born and bred in Lebanon. Moved to Boston in later years. His book "The Prophet" has been
translated into 54 languages. Has a park built in his honor in downtown Boston where he lived most of the later years of his life. The park is symbolically
situated between a library and a church. Furniture and artwork from his last apartment which was in New York is now displayed at the Gibran Museum in
Bsharri, North Lebanon. http://leb.net/gibran
bulletBrian Karem, (son of James Karem, son of Fred) author several books, many articles.
bullet Sam Maloof, Woodworker whose quality work is in great demand. Has had creations appear in the White House, Smithsonian Institution, the Vatican and
other renowned exhibit halls. 
This son of Lebanese immigrants is the only living craftsman to have his work in the White House collection of American furniture.
In 1985, received the MacArthur Foundation's "genius" grant and in the same year, the California legislature named him a "living treasure."  California prizes
its native son so highly, it designated the 23-room home he built as a registered historical landmark. The 8,500-square-foot temple of craftsmanship has been
opened to the public as a living museum.
His signature piece - the Maloof rocking chair  sells for $20,000 and as much as $42,000. Three former US Presidents - Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton -
own the rocking chair, with Carter personally coming to pick up the chair and meet its creator. (4/4) Article
bulletEmily Nasrallah - Lebanese American Novelist. One of her books "A House Not Her Own: Stories from Beirut".
bulletAmeen Rihani, Writer, Philosopher, Political Thinker   http://www.ameenrihani.org/

 

Business and Finance

bulletRobert Abboud- Former President of the First National Bank of Chicago.
bulletZiad K. Abdelnour, Dealmaker, Financier, Venture Capitalist, Registered Lobbyist. Financed over 60 US private companies since 1986 raising over $3.5
billion in capital; sits on the Board of 15 of them. President & Founder of the U.S Committee for a Free Lebanon, Inc , Former President of the
Arab Bankers Association of North America and Publisher of the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin Son of Lebanese MP Khalil Abdelnour.
bulletRichard Abdoo, President & CEO of Wisconsin Energy Corporation and Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletAnthony Abraham, Miami's Chevrolet king, Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletWaleed Ali & Malik Ali, Founded MPI, the world's largest home-video distributor of documentaries.
bulletSimon Assad, co-CEO of Heavy.com, a music site that was nominated for a Webby, the Internet's highest honor.
bulletRonald Assaf, Founder, former CEO and current Chairman of Sensormatic Electronics Corporation, an international company with revenues of $1 billion,
doing business in 80 countries and Recipient of Ellis island Medal of Honor.
bulletJoseph Audi, President and CEO of Bank Audi (USA).
bulletGeorge Barbar, Florida based real estate tycoon, Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletBasha (Eddie and Ike), The two brothers who started Bashas' Grocery Stores with 153 stores and about 11,000 employees.
www.bashas.com.
  (5-08)
bulletGhassan Bejjani, General Partner, Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, one of the most prominent private equity groups on Wall Street.
bulletTommy Borders, Jr., son of Christine Borders-Karem, immigrant in 1920's, founder Borders Bookstores.
bulletGeorge Boutros, Known as "The Fiercest Tech Mergers and Aquisitions Banker In The World." Heads a 70-man Tech M&A team @ Credit Suisse First Boston
in San Fransisco. Son of former Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fouad Boutros.
bulletKevin Brown, (son of Virginia Brown-Karem) CFO Harmon International.
bulletVirginia Karem Brown, founder GAMA, the Global Arbitration Mediation Association, Inc., world's first on-line ADR company, attorney, mother.
bulletFouad Chartouni, Owner and operator of the most famous hotel of the Stars, the Lowell Hotel. 
bulletCamille Chebeir, President of SEDCO Services; Advisor to a prominent Saudi merchant family and Former President of the Arab Bankers Association
of North America.
 
bulletWael Chehab, President of New York based Cedar Capital Management; a premier fund of funds manager and strong activist on behalf of the
American University of Beirut.
bulletRaymond Debbane, President of the Invus Group, a multi-million dollar private equity firm specializing in buyouts and venture capital.
bulletRichard Debs, Former President of Morgan Stanley International and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut.
bulletDerek E. Dewan, Chairman and CEO of Modis Incorporated, a $1 billion information technology services subsidiary of Modis Professional Services,
Inc.(NYSE:MPS) and Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletFred Haddad:  Considered one of the most important businessmen in the U.S. His father, Nathan originally from a Lebanese village known as Jib Jineen and came
to the USA in the 1920's.They opened a great business, named Heck's. Fred resided in Charleston, WV.  Fred, the son, turned the business into a great Empire.
Frederick Lawrence Haddad passed away in 2002.
bulletNabil El Hage, President and CEO of Jeepers, Inc, and famous turnaround operator.
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Janice jamail-Garvis, Owner of Jamial Real Estate, Inc in Houston. She has been honored by her peers for her involvement and dedication to her
profession. She is a native of Houston but proud of her Lebanese Heritage.  Janice's father is the state of Texas' most highly dedicated hero of World War II. 
She is a founding member of the American Lebanese Foundation http://alfusa.org. (2/5)

bulletRoger Farah, President, CEO and Director of Polo Ralph Lauren. Previously served as Chairman of the Board of Ventaor Group Inc., the parent company of
Footlocker.
bulletZiad Ghandour, Founder of TI Capital, a private equity fund based in CA.
bulletMichel T. Halbouty, Ellis Island Medal of Honor - Recognized as one of the world's foremost geologists and petroleum engineers and is acclaimed
for his scientific expertise. Read American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation, and  Ellis Island Medal of Honor
bulletGeorge A. Hamid, Jr. - Businessman and circus owner. Besides owning circuses and state fairs, Hamid operated the Steel Pier, a large amusement park
that featured live entertainers.
bulletCharles Hanna, Born in Jamaica to an affluent family.  Came to the US after the civil war in Lebanon.  He arrived with no capital and no contacts. 
Now the family runs a multi-million dollar vending business.  Mr. Hanna was featured in "Success Magazine" in August 1988.  He is past president of
his Rotary club and is involved with several non-profit organization.  www.hanna-vending.com.
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bulletDr. Ray Irani, Former chemist with dozens of patents. Became Armand Hammer's successor as Chairman of the Board at Oxy; President and
Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum. AUB Alumnus.
bulletTony Ismail, Entrepreneur who founded the largest retailer of flags store in Dallas The Alamo Flag Company.
bulletKarim Jaude, Founded and operated 19 successful companies in eight countries and made his first million dollars when he was 26. Business and
real estate consultant, and coach to business owners, executive, and professionals.
bulletDr. Joseph Jacobs, Founder of an international, billion-dollar engineering group, "Jacobs Engineering Group" NYSE "JEC".
bulletJoseph D. Jamail, Texas lawyer who won the biggest settlement in U.S. history, on behalf of Pennzoil ($10 billion dollars). Listed  #189 on
Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans.
bulletGeorge Joseph, #317 on Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans
bulletAbdo Kadifa, President and CEO of Corio Inc, a leading Silicon Valley based Enterprise Application Service Provider.
bulletHabib Kairouz, Managing Partner of RHO Management, Inc., a multi-million dollar private equity firm specializing in venture capital
bulletJohn Mack, Investment banking legend. Ex-CEO of Morgan Stanley, now CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston.
bulletBob Manikian and brothers, Personal brokers to the Prince of Brunei (richest man in the world ) - They are 90th richest on UK TOP 100.
bulletNed Mansour, President of Mattel, Inc. in 1999, the maker of Barbie dolls.
bullet Amira Matar, Vice President of Mellon Private Wealth Management in Century City, CA. (www.mellon.com).  Ms. Matar is the first
woman to be added to the Business and Finance list. 
 She is an active board member in several charitable and church organizations,
including the House of Lebanon and the Lebanese Ladies Cultural Society that supports the education of 506 orphans and
needy students.
(2-04) .
bulletSam Moore, Owner of Thomas Nelson Publishers
bulletThe Naify Brothers, Founded cable television in the 50s. At one time both brothers owned 60% of United Artist theaters. Father Michael Naify
was the former CEO for United Artist Communications.
bulletYousef Nasr, CEO of  HSBC Bank USA
bulletJack Nasser, Former President of the Ford Motor Company
bulletPaul Orfalea, Founder/CEO of Kinkos   Click here for Profile and more information.  5-06
bulletRichard Edward Rainwater, #127 on Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans.
bulletKhalil Rizk, Founder of the famous New York based Chinese Porcelain Company
bulletCharles Rozwat, Executive VP of Server Technologies - ORACLE CORPORATION
bulletTarek Saab- Global marketing at a foturne 500 company, appeared on the apprentice,
working on a book and founded www.lionheartapparel.com.   www.tsaab.com
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bulletAbdo Sabban, AUB Alumnus. Founder of multi-million dollar real estate co. Treasurer of the AANA
bulletNaseeb Saliba, Founder of Tutor-Saliba Corporation, one of the largest privately held international General Contracting firms in the world with
over $ 6 billion in completed work. Also Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletGeorge Shaheen, Former President of Anderson Consulting - one of the Top 4 Consulting Firms in America. Resigned and was CEO of Webvan,
ex-on-line grocery delivery service.
bulletJoseph Shaker, Jr., His father founded Shaker Advertising. Today Shaker Advertising firm is the oldest and most respected Advertising Firm in
the Midwest. Their headquarters is in Chicago, IL.
bulletLawrence N. Tadross, past president of the Oriental Rug Importers Assoc.  Operates Tadross & Company which was founded in 1891 and is the
oldest importer, exporter, wholesaler & retailer in the U.S.  Board of directors of Big Brothers Big sisters of Stuat Fl.
www.silkroadtraders.biz
bulletNassim Taleb, Currently Founder and Chairman of Empirica LLC, a research laboratory and hedge fund operator in Greenwich Connecticut
(closed to the public) and Fellow in Mathematics in Finance and Adjunct Professor at the Courant Institute of New York University.
Was inducted in the Derivatives Hall of Fame (Feb 2001).
bulletTony Tamer, co-Founder and CEO of HIG Capital, a multi-million dollar private equity firm specializing in buyouts and venture capital
bulletThe Late Dave Thomas, Founder of fast food chain Wendy's. Passed away in January 2002. Was adopted by Lebanese parents.
bulletKathleen Vrona, (daughter Virginia Brown Karem, daugher Fred, grand-daughter, Peter and Camilla), co-founder World Wide Access, Chicago Internet Company;
bulletBryan J. Zwan, Ph.D., Founded fiber-optic equipment company Digital Lightwave 1990; IPO 1997. #391 on Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans.

 

Entertainment

bulletRon Afif, Recorded 5 or so albums for the Pablo label. His latest being "Solitude" a solo effort. His mother`s brother is the celebrated guitarist
Ron Anthony (Sinatra's guitarist 1985-1993). His father Charlie was a middle weight champion fighter.
bulletWalid Akl, World-renowned pianist.
bulletPaul Anka, One of America's first pop teen idols.
bulletJohn Bowab, Directed "Soap," "Benson," "Bosom Buddies," "The Facts of Life," and the last season and a half of the "The Cosby Show."
bulletJonathon Brandmeier, Radio talk show host.
bulletDon Bustany, Created and produced "American Top 40" and "American Country Countdown." Recently added "Casey's Top 40" and "Casey's Country Countdown."
bulletElie Chaib, Dancer. Both youngest and oldest performer with the famous Paul Taylor company. In 1992 he was named the "Dancer of the Year" by the NY Times.
bulletDick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar.
bulletGeorge S. Dibie, Emmy Award-winning cinematographer-director. Now President of the International Photographers Guild.
bulletGeorge Durgom, Through the years, managed Jackie Gleason, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn Monroe.
bulletBechara El Khoury, World-renowned musician.
bulletRosalind Elias, Opera prima donna who  hit the high notes at the Met., NY.
bulletShannon Elizabeth, (Fadal) - Best known for her "American Pie" movie where she plays the sexy Czech student. Her website: http://www.ShannonElizabeth.com/.
bulletJamie Farr, Actor. Farr is best known in his role as Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger in the TV show M*A*S*H.
bulletSammy Haggar, Former lead vocalist for Van Halen.
bulletKhrystyne Haje, Actress. Best known in her role as Simone Foster in the television series Head of the Class.
bulletJack Hanna, Popular host of the hit television series, "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures," one of America's most beloved naturalists and adventurers.
bulletSalma Hayek, Superstar of Hollywood hits such as "Desperado" with Antonio Banderas and "Fools Rush In".
bulletWaleed Howrani, World-renowned musician, concert pianist and composer.
bulletPaul Jabara, Oscar winning composer for "Last Dance" from "Thank God It's Friday".
bulletMike Joseph,  Pioneered the concept of a radio programming consultant in 1958 .
bullet Casey Kasem: Famous radio personality and TV host, Producer of American top Ten show, and an actor. The voice of Shaggy on
the 70's and 80's cartoon series Scooby-Doo.
bulletMario Kassar, Former chairman of Carolco Pictures, the movie company that produced such blockbusters as "Rambo", "Terminator 2", and "Total Recall".
At one time he ran a billion-dollar industry.
bulletAsaad Kelad, Worked with numerous series like "Family Ties" and episodes of "The Facts of Life," "Who's the Boss?," "WKRP in Cincinnati," etc.
bulletHerbert Khaury, Lebanese-American folk singer known to all of his fans as "Tiny Tim".
bulletCallie Khoury, First woman to receive an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay -- for "Thelma and Louise".
bulletEmile Kuri, Nominated eight times for films like Mary Poppins. Won the Oscar twice -- for "The Heiress" and Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
bulletWendie Malick, "One of the stars of NBC’s hit show Just Shoot Me.
bulletKristy McNichol, Actress. Best known in her role as Bubby Lawrence on the late 1970s TV show Family. Also best known in her role as an undercover cop on
the TV show "Empty Nest".
bulletJoanna Medawar Nachef PhD, is recognized as the first woman conductor from the Middle East. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Nachef moved to Los
Angeles in 1977.
9-06    Profile 
bulletMichael Nader, Actor in the "Dynasty" series.
bulletMichelle Nader, Comedy writer for the TV Series "Spin City".
bulletKathy Najimy, Actress and activist, "Veronica's Closet", "Sister Act", "Rat Race". Her website: www.kathynajimy.com  
bulletMichael Nouri, The leading man who starred in the movie Flashdance; later seen in TV's "Love and War" sitcom.
bulletKeanu Reeves,  Keanu is not Lebanese, but was born in Beirut in the 1970's. He is a mixture of Hawaiian, Chinese and American. 
bulletDiane Rehm, Host and executive producer of "The Diane Rehm Show" on National Public Radio (NPR).
bulletFouad Said, The cinematographer who designed the Cinemobile -- the first customized van for filming on location -- while working on the TV series "I Spy". 
He received a Technical Academy Award in 1970 for this achievement. 
bulletFred Saidy, Wrote two classics, "Finian's Rainbow" and "Bloomer Girl".
bulletLucie Salhany, Former chairwoman for Fox Broadcasting Co. and former chairwoman for United Paramount (TV) Network.
bulletElie Samaha, Producer and owner of Franchise Pictures; Films: Driven, The whole nine yards, The Pledge, Battle Field Earth, Heist, Exit Wounds.
bulletShakira, World-renowned rock singer. Born in Columbia of Lebanese descent.  www.shakira.com .
bulletTony Shalhoub, One of the alien men in "Men In Black" and several TV series such as "Wyngs".
bulletOmar Sharif, Born Michael Shalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt in 1932, to Lebanese parents.
bulletTom Shidyac, Director. Directed such well known movies as "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective", and "The Nutty Professor".
bulletG. E. Smith, Former bandleader for many years for NBC TV's "Saturday Night Live".
bulletAmin Sultan,  One of the best Middle Eastern singers in the United States http://www.vrshopping.com/amin/.
bulletMichael Tadross, Was the unit production manager for "Die Hard III", "Devil's Advocate", and many other movies.
bullet George Taweel, Co-Partner of TLC Entertainment, winner of over 70 prestigious awards for creative excellence in the area of family-oriented
entertainment. TLC has produced 70 Gold and Platinum selling video titles including "Kids' Ten Commandments" voiced by major star talent and
notable TV episodes of "Touched by an Angel".
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bulletJulie Taymor, The creative mastermind behind the Broadway version of Disney's "The Lion King."  She also directed the powerful film "Titus" .
bulletThe Late Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude Hospital for Children, comedian and star of sit-com, "Make Room For Daddy".
bulletMarlo Thomas, Actress and Producer. Daughter of the late actor Danny Thomas. Marlo has won Emmy Awards and is best known for her role in "That Girl".
bulletTony Thomas, Producer. Son of the late actor Danny Thomas. Has won Emmy Awards for his productions.
bulletTiffany, The first teenage singer to have her first two singles both hit number one.
bulletGabriel Yared, Academy Award winner, music score composer for the movie "The English Patient".
bulletAmy Yasbeck, Actress. Played in the TV series "Wings" and played in the movies "Problem Child" and "Robin Hood, Men in Tights".
bulletDavid Yazbeck, Wrote the lyrics and score for "The Full Monty".
bulletFrank Zappa, Former legend in the world of rock.
 

Academics and Media Figures

bulletElias Abu Saab:  vice president of American University of Dubai (AUD).
bulletDavid Adamany, President of Wayne State University in Detroit.
bulletJoseph Aoun: seventh president of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he took office on 8-15-06.
bulletHelena Cobban, Author of The Syrian-Israeli Peace Talks: 1991-96 and Beyond (USIP Press, Feb. 2000) and of The Moral Architecture of World Peace:
Nobel Laureates Discuss Our Global Future
(University Press of Virginia, May 2000). A veteran writer and columnist on global issues.
bulletRaghida Dergham, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent at Al-Hayat.
bulletJoseph Farah, Editor in Chief of World Net Daily  www.wnd.com.
bulletFawaz Gerges, Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle East Studies at Sarah Lawrence College. His latest book is American and
Political Islam
(Cambridge University Press, 1999).
bulletZeina B. Ghandour, Born in Beirut in 1966 and studied at Kent University, specializing in Islamic and Jewish law, wrote "The Honey": a story about contemporary
Palestine that revolves around a village muezzin’s daughter, Ruhiya, who breaches one of the deepest taboos of Islam by performing the call to the dawn prayer.
bulletDr. Fran Jabara, Professor of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University and the founder (in 1977) of the Center for Entrepreneurship
at Wichita State University. A building at the University has been named in his honor as Jabara Hall. He is a relative of the late Col. James Jabara (see Military),
America's first triple jet ace in the Korean War.
bulletSamuel John Hazo, Poet. In 1993, Pennsylvania named Hazo its first poet laureate, or official state poet.
bulletBrian Karem, Of Lebanese descent and nephew to David Karem of Louisville KY. Former television correspondent for "America's Most Wanted" and NBC-TV.
bulletEmile Kuri, Was Head set decorator for Disney. Won two Oscars for his set decorations in two films.
bulletDr. Luz Lenis Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for sophomores at Fordham University, Bronx, NY.
bulletAmin Maalouf, Journalist and writer. In 1993 won the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award.
bulletSteven Naifeh, Won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for his biography "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga".
bulletWalid Phares PhD:  An associate professor of Middle East Studies and Ethnic and Religious Conflict, in the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University.
He is the author of eight books on the Middle East in Arabic, French, and English and more then 200 articles. 
bulletFred Saidy, Broadway playwright. Wrote two classics, "Finian's Rainbow" and "Bloomer Girls".
bulletCindy Mohammad Saleh, Teenage Lebanese-American Poet. 
bulletAl Thomy, sportswriter/columnist/editor for Atlanta Constitution, Houston Press, Greensboro (N.C.) News-Record, named NASCAR Racing Columnist of Year in 2004,
winner of 32 national and regional journalistic awards, active career of 62 years, covered every major sports event with exception of Kentucky Derby.
bulletMike Toney, Played "Fat Sally" in Martin Scorsese's film "Casino".
bulletNido Qubein, Writer-lecturer on business and success. Became President of the National Speakers' Association and the youngest member inducted into the International
Speakers' Hall of Fame.

 

 

Fashion 

bulletJoseph Abboud, World famous designer of men's line of clothing carrying his name "Joseph Abboud". 
bulletReem Acra, Emerging woman's fashion designer of the New York scene.
bulletMansour Farah, Manufacturer. Founded a multimillion-dollar menswear manufacturing company called Farah's.
bulletJoseph Marion Haggar, Manufacturer. Was the founder and former chairman of the country's leading manufacturer of men's clothing.
The company name Haggar Corporation.
bulletJulie Hayek: Miss USA in  1983; at that time she was the titleholder for Miss California
bulletNorma Kamali, Fashion designer. Her clothing line OMO Norma Kamali is known throughout the world.
bulletThe Maloof Family, Manufactured Mod-O-Day women's dresses.
 

Law

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Wafa J. Hoballah, International law practice specializes in business, commercial and corporate law in and between the United States, the Middle East and
West Africa, focusing on major aspects of international business transactions, negotiations, due diligence investigations, development & financing, and
joint ventures.
www.middleeastlaw.com  (oct 09 issue)

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John Maalouf,  Among other accomplishments, Mr. Maalouf was named to the United States Lawyer Rankings List of the Nation's    
Top 10 "International Trade & Finance Lawyers". www.maalouf.usThe US Lawyer Rankings can be viewed
at:  www.UnitedStatesLawyerRankings.com.  1-07
 

Medicine and Science

Medicine:

bullet Dimitri Azar, M.D.  Harvard Professor of Opthalmology, Associate Scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Director of the
Corneal, External and Refractive Surgery Services at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and on Unite for Sight's  Executive Board
of Directors.  Has published over 100 journal articles on topics in his field of expertise including his work on the molecular basis of
corneal scarring and avascularity during wound healing and the mathematical basis of laser surgery.
(Added 12-3)
bulletAmin Barakat, M.D.   Famous Pediatrician and Professor of Medicine - Georgetown University Medical Center. Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletBassam A. Bassam, MD.   Professor of Neurology at the University of South Alabama, Department of Neurology. 
bullet is a retired heart surgeon who is the grandson of a Lebanese Immigrant
bulletChamsuddine, Abbas, M.D.   Named America's top radiologist in 2003 and 2007.  Associate professor Emory University.  Graduated from AUB medical
school in 1991 and moved to the U.S. in 1993. 
(featured in our April 2008 newsletter)
bulletRobert Chahine, M.D.  Cardiologist, graduate of AUB. Held several academic positions at major medical schools in the U.S. Authored/Co-authored more
than 200 publications. Belongs to several medical/cardiovascular organization.  Involved in several American Lebanese organizations and a founder of
the American Lebanese foundation. www.alfusa.org 
(10-04)
bulletMichael DeBakey,M.D.   World Famous heart surgeon currently working in Houston, TX. Invented the heart pump. Today he's chancellor of
Baylor University's College of Medicine.  www.wic.org/bio/debakey.htm
bulletMichael Fakih, M.D.  Recognized worldwide as a leader in his field. His innovative GIFT technique - using the woman's follicular fluid to treat sperm and
serve as a transfer medium - has revolutionized the procedure. The improvement nearly doubles the success rate of the GIFT procedure.
bulletFuad Freiha, M.D., FACS.   Professor Emeritus at Stanford.  Received MD and general surgery training at AUB.  Trained in Urology at Stanford where he has
been on faculty for 30 years.  Decorated by the gov. of Lebanon for his work in the ministry of health, receiving the Cedars Medal of Honor. President of
the Lebanese American Association from 2002-2004. 
(8-05)
bulletAmin A. Milki M.D.   Faculty professor in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Stanford University   Medical Center in California .
A renowned fertility doctor, researcher and innovator in the fields of AI, IVF and ICSI.   Studied at A.U.B in Lebanon.
A Milki M.D. and other info (6/4)
bulletAnis Razzouk, M.D.   Prominent heart surgeon at Loma Linda University Hospital in Riverside, CA.
bulletPhilip Salem,M.D.   Famous Texas based oncologist and Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletWadi Suki, M.D.   Born in Sudan of Lebanese parents. Clinical professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.  Listed in Who’s Who in America,
Who’s Who in the World, The National Register of Prominent Americans and International Notables, The Best Doctors in the U.S., The Best Doctors in America.
He as served as a consultant to, or member of the Board of Directors of, a number of governmental agencies, voluntary health organizations and professional
organizations.  Widely published, Dr. Suki has written over 200 scientific publications dealing with many aspects of renal physiology and disease.
bulletH. John Shammas, M.D.   Specialist in cataract and laser surgery.  Obtained his medical education in Lebanon. Held several academic positions. 
Published more than 100 papers and two books on eye surgery. Know nationally and internationally in his field. Recognized for his work with
American Lebanese organizations such as www.houseoflebanon.com.
  (10-04)
bulletHenry Zeiter, M.D.- Ophthalmologist and author of "From Lebanon to California". Profile 05-06

Science:

bulletHassan Kamel Al-Sabbah, Inventor for GE in the 1920s, 52 different patents among one of the first patents on television tubes and solar energy panels.
bulletGhassan Antar, PhD, At the University of California in San Diego, a plasma physicist.
bulletNicholas S. Assal, Medical researcher. Helps doctors in the world prevent and treat complications during pregnancy and birth.
bulletOussama Halim Barbar, born  in Beirut, Lebanon in 1962.  He came to the U.S. in 1983 where he attended Northeastern University in Boston and graduated
with a degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering. He is the co-founder of Environmental Consulting Services, Inc., an environmental and geotechnical
engineering firm based in Houston, Texas.  In 1997 he was honored as the "Entrepreneur Of The Year" by the International Who's Who Of Entrepreneurs.
Mr. Barbar belongs to many environmental and engineering organizations and is very involved in the community.  Co-founder of the International Orphans
Foundation (IOF), a nonprofit org. dedicated to helping orphans in Lebanon & the USA. 
(6/4)
bulletDr. Elias Corey, Chemist. Won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing a logical process that changed the face of synthetic chemistry.
bulletGeorge A. Doumani, Geologist whose  explorations helped prove the theory of continental drift. He has a mountain peak named after him in Antarctica.
bulletDr. Charles Elachi, Director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.  Article
bullet Joseph Hassab, PhD Born in Jounieh and presently in New Jersey, USA. Internationally recognized speaker and author of two books published by CRC
Press and author of more than one hundred professional Journal publications. President of S&T, Past President of Sensytech, past Director of Lockheed
Martin and a Past General Electric Executive.  He is recognized as an exper in the field of electronic warfare, communication and imaging as well as systems
management, underwater signals and data processing. 
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bulletDr. George Helou, Executive Director of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center and a member of the faculty
in the Physics, Math and Astronomy Division at Caltech, Pasadena, CA. He is also a Director of NASA Herschel
Science Center and Deputy Director of the Spitzer Science Center. Profile
3-07
bulletLina A. Jazi, president and co-founder of Environmental Consulting Services, Inc. (www.ecsus.com).  She is
a member of the UN Global Compact initiative.   She graduated from AUB in 1989 with a BS in Environmental
Health.  In 1994 she received her masters from the university of Texas Health Science Center.  She is a strong
activist on behalf of the American University of Beirut.
(7/4)
bulletGeorge A. Kyrala, PhD - AKA George Amine Khairallah from Bhamdoun. An atomic physicist with a Ph.D from Yale and fellow of the SPIE. Recently won
an international prize for high speed photography.
bulletFouad G. Major, PhD- Dr. Major, born in Lebanon, educated in New Zealand and the US, American citizen since 1965, physicist and author, invented a
new class of atomic clock as a researcher at NASA, the mercury ion clock, was awarded the NASA NASA APOLLO ACHIEVEMENT AWARD in 1969, author
of two books in physics THE QUANTUM BEAT and CHARGED PARTICLE TRAPS.
bulletChrista McAuliffe, Teacher and Astronaut. Was one of the seven crew members on board the space shuttle Challenger that exploded shortly after launch.
bulletJack Shaheen, Former Emeritus Professor of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University. 
bulletBazzam Shakhashiri, PhD,  "Scientist by training, teacher and public servant by trade, advocate by conviction, optimist by nature" — that
is the way Bassam Z. Shakhashiri describes himself. As Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Shakhashiri
finds outlet for all four attributes, to which he might add a fifth: entertainer by avocation. He has been featured on TV shows and
many magazines including Smithsonian and Newsweek.  A native of Lebanon, Dr. Shakhashiri is the son of a physician who is retired
from the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  They came to the US in 1957 when Bassam was 18 years old with one
year of college at the American University of Beirut.  Please read the complete article to Learn about his many awards and achievements.
bulletEdward M. Sion, PhD - Scientific Editor, The Astrophysical Journal; Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics,
Villanova University.
 

Military Figures

bullet
John Abizaid, Four star general, A Californian Lebanese-American, took charge of all US troops and military operations in the Middle East,
East Africa and south-central area in July 2003, including both Afghanistan and Iraq.  He was hailed as "the leader for the 21st century"
by CNN
(see:http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/07/07/abizaid.bio/index.html).
bulletVictor DelNore, Former U.S Commander of the Nagasaki Military Government.
bulletColonel James Jabara, of the U.S. Air Force; Korean War hero.
bulletGeneral George Joulwan, West Point graduate; commanded both the U.S. and NATO forces in Europe.
bulletNavy Lt. Alfred Naifeh, Navy hero; in 1944, one of our Navy ships, the destroyer USS Naifeh was named in his honor.
bulletMaj. Gen. Fred Safay, WWII Army Officer; fought alongside General Patton.
bulletColonel Alfred Shihab, of the US armed forces that landed in Lebanon in 1958.
bulletBrig. Gen. Elias Stevens, WWII Army Officer; served on Gen. Eisenhower's staff.
 

Politics

bulletChris Abboud, Nebraska State Senator
bulletJames Abdnor, US Senator of South Dakota (1981-1986)
bulletJames Abourezk, US Senator of South Dakota (1971-1979)
bulletSpencer Abraham, The new Secretary of Energy of the United States of America . He is a third-generation American of Lebanese descent. Born in Michigan.
Was also a U.S. Senator representing the state of Michigan.http://store.yahoo.com/expandnato/abrahambio.html
bulletJohn Akouri, Councilman for the city of Farmington Hills, Michigan.  John Akouri is the former Washington, DC Press Secretary & Communications
Director to US Rep. Joe Knollenberg. Active with the American Lebanese community. http://www.akouri.blogspot.com/
bulletJohn Ash, Mayor, Olean (NY)
bulletWilliam N. Aswad, Vermont State Representative
bulletVictor Atiyeh, Governor of Oregon (1979-1987)
bulletJohn Baldacci, Congressman (ME)
bulletMichael Baroody, Asst. Secretary, US Department of Labor (1985-1988)
bulletWilliam Baroody Jr, Asst. to the President, Office of Public Liaison (1973-1977)
bulletTimothy Bryan, City Council Member, Massillon (OH)
bulletDavid Cappiello, Connecticut State Representative
bulletGeorge Crady, Florida State Representative
bulletMitch Daniels, Assistant to the President, Political and Intergovernmental Affairs (1985-1987) 
bulletPat Danner, Former Congresswoman (MO)
bulletBrenda Elias, Mayor, Franklin (NH) 1989-1994
bulletGeorge Ellis, Texas Court of Appeals
bulletEdward J. Elum, Jr. - Judge on the Massillon (OH) Municipal Court.
bulletJoe Farris, West Virginia State Delegate
bulletElias Francis, Former Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.
bulletJoseph P. Ganim, Mayor, Bridgeport (CT)
bulletJeannie A. Gregory, City Clerk, South Pasadena (CA)
bulletEdmond Haddad, Deputy Asst Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy (1987-1988)
bulletPhilip C. Habib, Former U.S. Ambassador and Presidential Envoy under the Ronald Reagan Administration
bulletWilliam A. Hamzy, Connecticut State Representative
bulletHelen Bishara Huey, City Council Member, Houston (TX)
bulletRichard Ieyoub, Attorney General for the State of Louisiana
bulletDaniel Issa, Rhode Island State Senator
bulletDarrell Issa, Congressman (CA)
bulletTeresa Issac, Vice Mayor, Lexington (KY)
bulletRichard Iyoub, Current Attorney General of Louisiana.
bulletMichael J. Jarjura, Connecticut State Representative
bulletChris John, Congressman (Louisiana)
bulletRuth Joseph, Mayor, Waterville (ME)
bulletJames Kaddo, Judge, Superior court of California)
bulletStephen Kafoury, Oregon State Senator, 1977-1980
bulletDr. Hamid Claude Kantara, DC, Director of Cultural Outreach for the Texas Young Republican Federation and President for the Galveston
County Young Republicans. First Lebanese immigrant to be elected to City Council in Galveston County.
bulletDavid Karem,  Son of Fred Karem, immigrant 1920's (son of Peter and Camilla Karem, Bsharri Lebanon), former state senator, Kentucky.
Responsible for waterfront development in Louisville, Ky. 
 Ottenheimer Goes to Karem
bulletPete Karem, Former Chief Justice of the Circuit Court in Jefferson County Ky
bulletGeorge Kasem, Former Congressman (CA)
bulletTheodore Kattouf, U.S Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
bulletAbraham Kazen, Former Congressman (TX)
bulletSteven Kfoury, City Council President, Lawrence (MA)
bulletDon Korrey, County Commissioner, Logan County (CO) 1990-1994
bulletRay LaHood, Congressman (IL)
bulletGeorge Latimer, Former Mayor of St. Paul Minnesota.
bulletThomas Lazieh, Mayor, Central Falls (RI) 1990-1996
bulletAlfred J. Libous, Mayor, Binghamton, NY for 12 years.  First Generation Lebanese. (4-05)
bullet
Thomas Libous, State Senator, New York.  Second Generation Lebanese. (4/05)
bulletJames Maloof, Former Mayor of Peoria, IL
bulletWalid Malouf, Mr. Walid Maalouf served as the Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the
General Assembly of the United Nations in 2003.  Author of the book   How Many Times... I told you Reflections,
Memories and Hope for Lebanon.  www.walidmalouf.com
bulletMarianne Yarid McGuire, Michigan State Board of Education
bulletGeorge Mitchell, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Lebanese on his mother's side.
bulletHerb Mocol, Mayor, Mankato (MN) 1972-1987
bulletToby Moffett, US Representative of Connecticut (1975-1982)
bulletGeorge Mowad, Mayor, Oakdale (LA) 1972-1992
bulletJoseph Nahra, Ohio Court of Appeals
bulletLee Namey, Mayor, Wilkes-Barre (PA) 1988-1995
bulletThomas Nassif, US Ambassador to Morocco (1985-1988)
bullet Eugene Nicholas, served in the ND state legislature for over 30 years as the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee & won many awards. (oct 09 issue)
bulletMary Rose Oakar, US Representative of Ohio (1977-1993)
bulletNick Rahall II, 20-year veteran Congressman of West Virginia, grandson of Lebanese immigrants. Honored with the
Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Award Gala in 2004.
bulletSelwa Roosevelt, American Ambassador and longest-serving White House Chief of Protocol (1982-1989)
bulletJoan Haddad Saliba, Mayor, Hartwell (GA)
bulletTony Sayegh, Village trustee in Tuckahoe, NY and was youngest candidate to run for state assembly.
bulletGeorge Shadid, Illinois State Senator
bulletRandel C. Shadid, Mayor, Edmond (OK)
bulletJeanne Shaheen, Governor of the State of New Hampshire
bulletDonna Shalala, Former Secretary of State for Health and Human Services under the Clinton Administration (and the longest to serve in the post).
bulletGreg Simon, Director of Domestic Policy, Office of Vice President
bulletAnthony Solomon, Rhode Island State Treasurer, 1976-1984, 1989-1992
bulletJohn E. Sununu Sr, Former Governor (NH) and White House Chief of Staff (1989-1991)
bulletJohn Sununu Jr, Congressman (NH)
bulletJames J. Tayoun, City Councilman, Philadelphia (PA) 1975-1987
bulletHelen Thomas, a 50-year veteran with U.S. International and the Dean of the White House Press Corps; served with eight U.S. presidents since 1961
bulletRichard Thomas, County Commission Chairman, Hampden County (MA)
bulletRose Allan Tucker, County Commissioner, Luzerne County - Chairwoman 1991-1995 (PA)
bulletBrian Wahby, Assistant City Treasurer, St. Louis (MO)
bulletTracy A. Yokich, Michigan State Representative 1991-1996
bulletJoe Wardy,  Business man elected mayor of El Paso Texas May 2003, family origin is Zahle Lebanon. (5-03)
bulletSam Hanna Zakhem, U.S Ambassador (1986-1989) and Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bullet Dennis Zine, Los Angeles City Councilman, Third Council District, has also been an educator, a police officer, and Director of the
Police Protection League.  Zine is actively involved in wide-ranging, pressing and controversial issues in Los Angeles County and
speaks directly with his constituents the first Thursday of every month at 9 PM on "Zine at Nine," at Time-Warner cable TV program
on Channel 6 during The Parallax View.  He chairs a committee involved with women's and children's issues, is on several boards and
vital political committees and introduced over 30 key motions in two years' time. (3-04)  
bulletCharles Zogby, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Religion

bulletMost Reverend Bishop Stephen H. Doueihi, of St. Maron of Brooklyn for the Maronites and Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletRaymond Kayal Sr., National Chairman of the Order of St. Nicholas, member of the Melkite Eparchial Finance Council and
Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletMetropolitan Philip Saliba, Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
bulletArchbishop Francis M. Zayek, Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

 

Sports

bulletJim Baxis, Former second baseman for Cleveland Indians baseball team.
bulletEddie Elias, Founded the Bowling Association of America.
bulletJohn Elway, Former quarterback for the Denver Broncos football team.
bulletDoug Flutie, Quarterback for the San Diego Chargers football team.
bulletBill George, Former Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears football team.
bulletJeff George, Quarterback for the Washington Redskins football team.
bulletElias Ghanem, Head of the Las Vegas Boxing Association.
bulletAbe Gibran, Former offensive lineman and coach for the Chicago Bears football team.
bulletBrian Habib, Former lineman for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks football teams.
bulletJohn Jaha, The first baseman for the Oakland A's.
bulletKerbawy family, Former owners of the Detroit Lions football team.
bulletRich Kotite, Former NFL coach 
bulletJoe Lahoud, Former leftfielder for the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
bulletFred Maalouf, Former quarterback for the St. Louis Cardinals football team.
bulletGeorge Maloof, Former owner of the Houston Rockets NBA basketball team.
bulletMaloof Brothers, Owners of the Sacramento Kings basketball team.
bulletZuhair "Steve" Mansour, Weightlifting's Grandmaster of the World in 1990. 
bulletBobby Rahal, Won the Indianapolis 500 in auto racing in 1986. Current CART team owner; acted as interim president-CEO of CART until Dec., 2000
but resigned to assume position with Jaguar Formula One team.
bulletJoe Robbie, Former owner of the Miama Dolphins football team.
bulletFuad Rubeiz, Former kicker for the Minnesota Vikings football team.
bulletFred Saigh, Former owner of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
bulletPete Sarron, Former featherweight boxing champion.
bulletRony Seikaly, Former NBA center for various clubs.
bulletFrank Skaff, Former manager for the Detroit Tigers baseball team.
bulletVictor Taweel, Former lightweight boxing champion.   

 

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