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July 25, 1931 - May 7, 2015 Edmonde Alex Haddad was born in Los Angeles to Alex Saliba Haddad and Madeline Angela Zail. He attended Hollywood High School, served in the Air Force, performed light opera, and graduated with a B.A. in Telecommunications from the University of Southern California. Awarded a CBS News Fellowship by a selection committee that included Edward R. Murrow, he worked at CBS Radio while earning an M.A. in Public Law and Government from Columbia University. During his 12 years as a news reporter and commentator for Los Angeles radio station KPOL, he was honored by the American Political Science Association for distinguished reporting of public affairs, and received two Golden Mike awards. From 1973-1987, he served as President of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, where he welcomed distinguished speakers from around the world-politicians, diplomats, writers, heads of state, and royalty-and moderated lively question-and-answer sessions. He led the Council's diplomatic tours throughout Europe and Asia, and was one of the first Americans to visit China after diplomatic relations were restored, developing a lasting affection for the country. He loved attending conferences on international relations at Wilton Park, England. From 1987-88, he served in the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy. He was appointed by then-governor Gray Davis to the Commission on Hate Crimes, a nine-member panel chaired by former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and former California governor George Deukmejian. He was a member of PEN, the organization for writers, and the author of Look to the Rainbow, a book of poetry and political and social commentary. A parishioner at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, he served as chair of the Editorial Board of The Episcopal News, and was a lay Canon. His passions included movies, music, dogs, and Lake Tahoe, which he visited regularly from childhood and throughout his life. He was married to Harriet Ann Lenhart of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a musician and teacher whom he met at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, from 1955 until her death in 2013. He is survived by his sister Therese Hawes, his brother Ronalde Haddad, his sons Mark, Brent, and John, and five grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the League to Save Lake Tahoe, at keeptahoeblue.org/donate. A memorial service will be held at St. Bede's, 3590 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, on Saturday, June 6, at 11:00 am.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 24, 2015
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