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HADDAD KHALIL BOUTROS HADDAD Of McLean, Virginia (age 79) passed away peacefully on May 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Baskinta, a village nestled in the mountains of central Lebanon, on November 22, 1934, the youngest of seven children to Boutros Khalil Haddad and Najla Samaha. Whenever he spoke of his beloved Lebanon and his mountain roots, he did so with very intense emotion and pride. From these humble beginnings of village life, he excelled in academics to become the first and only one in his family to pursue higher education, receiving a B.A.. in political science in 1956 from the American University of Beirut. Political activism was in his blood, yet he also had a passion for literature and poetry. Many of his writings were published in Kul Shay' magazine in the early nineteen fifties. During his years in Lebanon, he was an active member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and always stood for secularism. In serving this party, he traversed various Syrian villages to teach its children some basic education. He worked as general inspector for the Lebanese national reconstruction board which gave him access to visit the various Lebanese villages and serve as liaison officer between the central government and the local authorities. Later, he was a correspondent for An-Nahar newspaper, a job which placed him in many countries. In 1962, he immigrated to the U.S., where he continued his education at Howard University, attaining an M.A. in government and politics. His career in the U.S. included positions at the Voice of America, the U.S. Department of State, the Defense Language Institute, and Alia, the Royal Jordanian Airlines. He was very active in the Arab American community, having been one of the founding members of the National Association of Arab Americans and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, from which he received an award in 1994, in recognition of his sustained contributions to the Arab-American community. Khalil can be described as a sociable, kind, loving, and witty human being with a good sense of humor, who loved to recount amusing stories from his village life and recite his own poems to his friends. He was a devoted father and a doting grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Suhaila; his sons, Ziyad and Sami; his daughter-in-law, Reem; grandchildren, Serene, Samar, Ramzy and Ronny; and by 19 nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends who live in Lebanon, the UAE, Europe and the U.S. The family will receive friends at Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 10620 River Road, Potomac, MD 20854 beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 8 where a funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. A private burial will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Saints Peter and Paul Church as above. Guestbook is available at:7 p.m. A private burial will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Saints Peter and Paul Church as above. Guestbook is available at:

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Published in The Washington Post on May 6, 2014
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