Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries

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Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, 75, the patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church, died June 25 in Beirut of heart failure. Born in Cairo, he studied at the Armenian Leone Pontifical College in Rome and was first ordained in 1965. He was known as Father Pierre Taza until 1999, when he was elected Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics, a position he held until his death.

Dr. Mujid S. Kazimi, 67, a prominent Arab-American professor of nuclear engineering, died July 1 during a visit to China. He was born in Jerusalem and studied at Alexandria University in Egypt, before moving to the United States to study at MIT. The director of MIT's Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems and the Center for Natural Resources and the Environment at MIT's Kuwait campus, Dr. Kazimi authored over 200 scientific papers throughout his illustrious career.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 83, former president of the Republic of India, died July 27 after suffering a heart attack while delivering a lecture in Shillong, India. Born in Tamil Nadu, he served as president from 2002-2007 after a long career as an aerospace scientist. …

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