Dr. Hala Salaam Maksoud Died

"Hala was a visionary leader who charted a path to empowerment we will be following for many years to come," said ADC President Ziad Asali


It is with deep sadness and a great sense of loss that we undertake this painful duty of informing you of the death of Dr. Hala Salam Maksoud who passed away Friday April 26, 2002 after a long battle with illness.
Funeral prayers will be held for her after "the Noon Prayer" (around 1:00 PM) at the Islamic Center, Washington, D.C.: 
2551 MASS. AVE., WASHINGTON, D.C., NW. 20008 - 
Tel: 202- 332- 8343


ADC Press Release
Friday, 26 April 2002

ADC Mourns Loss of Hala Salaam Maksoud

Dr Hala Salaam Maksoud

Dr. Hala Maksoud

It is with a profound sense of loss and sadness that the Board of Directors and the national office staff of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) mourn the passing of Dr. Hala Salaam Maksoud, who died today after a long illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the family after they are finalized.

One of the most influential and important leaders in ADC's history, Dr. Maksoud served as ADC President from 1996 to 2001. Dr. Maksoud had been actively involved with ADC since its inception in 1980, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for many years.

Dr. Maksoud held a Ph.D. in political theory and an M.A. in government from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in mathematics from the American University of Beirut. She taught courses at George Mason University and at Georgetown. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Maksoud was a prominent Arab-American leader and participated in the founding of several organizations, including the American Committee on Jerusalem, the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, and the Arab Women's Council. Dr. Maksoud was a nationally recognized advocate of civil and human rights, and was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the American Immigration Law Foundation in March 2002.

Dr. Maksoud is survived by her husband, Dr. Clovis Maksoud, former Ambassador of the League of Arab States to the United States and the United Nations, and current professor of international relations at American University.

ADC President Ziad Asali said "this is a devastating loss for the entire Arab-American community, as well as for me personally. Hala was a visionary leader who charted a path to empowerment we will be following for many years to come. Her extraordinary command of politics was matched by exceptional compassion and a genuine commitment to human rights. She had a remarkable ability to communicate effectively with and inspire people of very different cultural and political backgrounds and across lines of religion and social class. Leaders of Hala's caliber are exceedingly rare and we shall miss her guidance and wise counsel. Our task now at ADC is to try to live up to the standard she set for us all."

Biography - Hala Salaam Maksoud
(Adopted from American Immigration Law Foundation)

   Dr. Hala Salaam Maksoud was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Maksoud immigrated to the United States in 1947 and had remained a citizen since. Since immigrating to the United States from the Arab Nation of Lebanon, Dr. Maksoud had chosen a path of education in the academic world, as well as in the advocating for the civil rights of Arab-Americans.

Dr. Maksoud's educational journey was marked by a Doctorate in political theory, and a Master's Degree in government from Georgetown University, as well as a Master's Degree in mathematics from the American University of Beirut. As a professor, Dr. Maksoud had taught courses on international relations and the Middle East at George Mason University and on Arab women's issues at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. 

As an Arab born citizen of the United States, Dr. Maksoud realized early on that she felt strongly about the need to correct the misunderstandings in the United States about the Arab world and especially Arab women. Dr. Maksoud believed that these misunderstandings had translated into discrimination against Arab-Americans in all aspects of life. Armed with her education and her beliefs, Dr. Maksoud forged ahead and became a pioneer, helping to found the largest Arab-American grassroots organization in the United States: the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). Dr. Maksoud had worked closely with the ADC, since its inception in 1980, becoming the President from 1996-2001. Until she died, she was on the Board of Directors of the ADC and was working on a book entitled "The Islamic Content of Arab Nationalist Thought" supposed to be published in the summer by the University of Florida Press. 

Dr. Maksoud had published numerous articles in American journals and the Arab press, as well as several monographs. She lectured extensively on the Arab world, the condition of Arab Americans, Arab women, Islamic political thought, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. She had appeared on numerous television and radio shows in the United States, Europe and the Arab World. 

As a prominent and active member of her community, Dr. Maksoud was Secretary of the American Committee on Jerusalem, Treasurer of the Committee for the Preservation of Palestinian Heritage, past president of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, as well as a founding member and past president of the Arab Women's Council. She also served a member of the advisory board of many journals on the Middle East. 

Dr. Maksoud lived in Washington, DC with her husband, Dr. Clovis Maksoud, former Ambassador of the League of Arab States and current professor of International Relations at American University.





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