Lamia Khairallah

Dr. Lamia Haddad Khairallah, 77, of Storrs, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family and a dear friend, on Sunday, January 5, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Edward Khairallah. Born in Palestine, she was the daughter of Toufick and Zakieh Haddad. Growing up in Palestine and Lebanon, Lamia was a very bright, inquisitive, mischievous young woman, who graduated from The American University of Beirut (AUB) with a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in 1956. She received her Masters of Science from AUB in 1959. She came to the United States in 1960 to further her graduate studies; receiving her Ph.D. from Boston University in 1966. She especially loved this period in her life, when she and Eddie reconnected after having known each other in Beirut. They shared a passion for the culture, music, and spirit of the Boston "scene" during this time. Eddie and Lamia married in August 1962, at Appleton Chapel in Harvard Square. Lamia held various academic research positions at The University of Wisconsin in Madison and The University of Connecticut in Storrs. The highlight of her career was her 27 years in the Electron Microscopy Lab in The Department of Physiology and Neurobiology at The University of Connecticut. She retired from UConn in June of 1998 and went on to spend time doing what she enjoyed. This included cooking Lebanese food for friends and family, traveling internationally, sampling exotic foods, spending time with her family and grandchildren, and volunteering in the community, most significantly with the Storrs area peace groups - or as her kids liked to call it…"old people saving the world." Most recently she enjoyed spending time trying local restaurants and shopping with her many close friends in the area. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Lydia and Raja Tannous of Beirut, Lebanon; her daughter and son-in-law, Randa and Cornel Gaalswijk of Granby; and her son and daughter-in-law, John and Meghan Khairallah of Vernon. She was also lovingly known as Nana to her grandchildren, Jarrod and Justin Gaalswijk. She will be missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews and other friends and family throughout the country and overseas. Friends are invited to a celebration of her life at the Storrs Congregational Church on Friday January 24th at 2:00 pm, with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the following organizations: The Dr. Edward A. and Dr. Lamia H. Khairallah Scholarship Fund to benefit the Sciences, University of Connecticut Foundation, 2390 Alumni Drive, U-3206, Storrs, CT 06269; or The Carter Center for Peace (in memory of Lamia Khairallah) 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 12, 2014