Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries

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Said Jibrin, 91, died of natural causes Aug. 27, in Bethesda, MD. Born and raised in the Syrian mountain village of Nabaa Karkar, friends remembered him carrying his violin to school. He received his B.A. from the American University of Beirut in 1942, and his Master's in journalism and creative writing from the University of Iowa, where he met his wife, Barbara, who was also a violinist. Jibrin joined the Voice of America in 1950 and helped establish the Arabic section, living in Egypt, Greece and Lebanon with Barbara and their children Janis and Richard. He retired in 1984 but continued to write poetry and fiction, in both Arabic and English. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies, and in 2009 his brother Sami published a collection of his poetry. The Jibrins have been longtime supporters of the Washington Report.

Philo Dibble, 60, died Oct. 1 of a heart attack at his home in McLean, VA. …

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