AMMARIN, Dr. Faris
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Dr. Faris Ammarin passed away on December 1, 2012. He was a passionately progressive thinker and deeply spiritual man of Greek Orthodox faith. He valued loving above all else, and stood for social justice for all. Kindness, generosity of heart and spirit, humility, grace and profound respect for others were offered whole-heartedly to all who crossed his path.
Faris Adib Ammarin was born in Amman Jordan. He came to Los Angeles to attend USC where he received a Masters in
Public Administration (1979), and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning (1983). At USC he met and later married Theresa Oldknow, daughter of William H. Oldknow and Constantina Skouras Oldknow of San Marino. He is survived by his children, Asa Ammarin and Alyssa Ammarin of South Pasadena; his cherished friend Ria Severance and his family and friends.
Dr. Ammarin spearheaded the establishment of a research center in Amman, Jordan for environmental protection under Her Majesty Queen Nour Al-Houssein. Dr. Ammarin served as a Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Advisor for the Jordanian Mission to the United Nations, representing Jordan on the General Assembly Economic and Environment Committee, the Economic and Social Counsel (ECOSOC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), the World Bank, the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Group of 77.
Services will be held Friday, December 7, 2012, at 10 am at Saint Sophia Cathedral in the Chapel of St. Constantine located at 1324 S. Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006. In lieu of flowers, please make gifts of remembrance to UNICEF.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Dec. 7, 2012