Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ)

In Memoriam: Arfan Al-Hani (1945-1997)

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ)

In Memoriam: Arfan Al-Hani (1945-1997)

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In January 1997, Arfan Al-hani invited a number of us to Chicago to discuss AAUG and ADC's role in relief efforts for the children of Iraq. We met with several representatives of the Iraqi-American community and Arfan rose to give a quiet address to the group. I remember him telling us that anyone who became involved in any relief effort for Iraq would inevitably be accused of either being an agent for an Arab government or a CIA agent. Nonetheless, he said, it was incumbent upon us to persist in our efforts to help these children, because it was our responsibility to do so. Within minutes of delivering this moving speech he was dead at the age of fifty one. I feel privileged to have heard his final remarks.

Arfan al-Hani exemplified the qualities to which the Arab-American community strives. He was an accomplished physician, one of the preeminent cardiologists in the state of Illinois, a philanthropist, a family man, a community leader, and a lover of Arabic poetry, able to quote from memory from the breadth of our literary legacy. His charm and elegance added to all gatherings. His generosity fueled many a fundraising event. …

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