Wafa Assaf passed away on August 2, 2014, at his home in La Jolla. He was born June 12, 1937, in Beirut, Lebanon, and attended local schools and the American University of Beirut. Growing up on the shores of the Mediterranean, he was an accomplished track and field athlete, swimmer and lifeguard at AUB. |
He started his banking career in 1960, joining Bank of Beirut & Arab Countries. In the early 1970s, he joined Chemical Bank of New York when it expanded operations into Lebanon for the first time.
Wafa met his wife, Nancy Corbin, when she joined the library staff at the American University of Beirut in 1968. They were married in April 1969. His sons, Kamal and William, were born in Beirut, and the family relocated to La Jolla in November 1975 due to the expanding civil war. He soon joined Bank of America, first in its International Banking Office, later serving as Branch Manager of the 5th & Market, Hillcrest, and Point Loma branches before retiring in 1992.
His sense of humor, boundless energy and generosity will be most remembered by many La Jollans. He excelled at cooking Middle Eastern food, a skill he taught himself, and shared food often with neighbors and friends. Wafa loved sharing the Lebanese culture with others. He was a devoted family man, attending his sons' sporting events faithfully at The Bishop's School and Whittier College and La Jolla High School, where his son, Kamal, coached basketball. Wafa participated in the annual Rough Water Swim for many years, and he enjoyed robust health and exercise. His proudest accomplishment was establishing his legacy of love within his family.
Wafa is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Billy; son, Kamal, and his wife, Dr. Leila Rhodes; granddaughter, Angelica Danielle; sister, Amal Madany; nephews, Dr. George and Huda Madany and family, and Camille and Emma Madany and daughters; and niece, May and Dr. Sam Elsheikh and daughters.
A memorial service is planned on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 2p.m. at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Avenue, with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
A memorial service in his hometown church in Monsef, Lebanon, is also being held this week.
The family asks that any gifts in his memory be directed to The Bishop's School Financial Aid Endowment Fund, 7607 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037.
Published in La Jolla Light on Aug. 7, 2014