GHASSAN KHALIL SABBAGH
Of Reston, Va passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Before retiring, Mr. Sabbagh was the managing editor of the Arabic Service of the Voice of America. An accomplished, Palestine-born broadcaster and author, Mr. Sabbath served part of his career of 47 years with the U.S in Beirut where he survived the terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy. He was evacuated to Rhodes, Greece where he worked at the Voice of America Broadcasting Center that beamed Arabic programs to the Middle East and North Africa. He later moved to the VOA headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he served until his retirement in 2003.
Mr. Sabbagh is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Henriette Saliba-Sabbagh, son Issa and his wife Nihal, his two daughters Eliane and Nancy and their husbands Nabih Bedewi and Roberto Donna, grandchildren Rami, Sophie and Lara, his brother Adnan and his family, sister-in-law Ulla and her family, and the many members of the Sabbagh, Saliba and Khoury families.
Mr. Sabbagh was 82.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 7 at the Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 8501 Lewinsville Road, McLean, Va. 22102. Burial will be at Flint Hill Cemetery, 2845 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton, Va. at 12:15 the same day. The family will receive friends at the Sabbagh residence at 12834 Tournament Drive, Reston, Va. 20191 on Thursday and Friday, May 8 and 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org