The 300 Most Prominent Lebanese Americans
There are about 3 million Lebanese-Americans, and as a community,
we've been demonstrating our loyalty, inventiveness and courage
on behalf of the United States for over 100 years. Here are just
a few of the more famous ones -- people you may know!
Ron Afif, Recorded 5 or so albums for the Pablo label. His latest
being "Solitude" a solo effort. His mother`s brother
is the celebrated guitarist Ron Anthony (Sinatra's guitarist
1985-1993). His father Charlie was a middle weight champion fighter
Walid Akl, World-renowned pianist
Paul Anka, One of America's first pop teen idols.
Yasmine Bleeth, Actress in the "Baywatch" Series
John Bowab, Directed "Soap," "Benson," "Bosom
Buddies," "The Facts of Life," and the last season
and a half of the "The Cosby Show."
Jonathon Brandmeier, Radio talk show host
Don Bustany, Created and produced "American Top 40" and "American
Country Countdown." Recently added "Casey's Top 40" and "Casey's
Elie Chaib, Dancer. Both youngest and oldest performer with the
famous Paul Taylor company. In 1992 he was named the "Dancer
of the Year" by the New York Times.
Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar
George S. Dibie, Emmy Award-winning cinematographer-director. Now
President of the International Photographers Guild.
George Durgom, Through the years, managed Jackie Gleason, Sammy
Davis, Jr. and Marilyn Monroe.
Bechara El Khoury, World-renowned musician.
Rosalind Elias, Opera prima donna who hit the high notes at the
Shannon Elizabeth, (Fadal) - Best known for her "American
Pie" movie where she plays the sexy Czech student. Her website:
Jamie Farr, Actor. Farr is best known in his role as Corporal Maxwell
Q. Klinger in the TV show M*A*S*H.
Sammy Haggar, Former lead vocalist for Van Halen.
Khrystyne Haje, Actress. Best known in her role as Simone Foster
in the television series Head of the Class.
Jack Hanna, Popular host of the hit television series, "Jack
Hanna's Animal Adventures," one of America's most beloved
naturalists and adventurers.
Salma Hayek, Superstar of Hollywood hits such as "Desperado" with
Antonio Banderas and "Fools Rush In". Salma is mixed
Lebanese and Mexican.
Dan Hedaya, Played many flavorful character parts in features,
often portraying cops (The Hunger, 1983; Tightrope, 1984; Running
Scared, 1986; The Usual Suspects, 1995), crime figures, or crusty
regular guys. His most indelible impression was made in Blood Simple
(1984), the landmark independent feature debut of the Coen brothers.
Waleed Howrani, World-renowned musician, concert pianist and composer.
Paul Jabara, Oscar winning composer for "Last Dance" from
Thank God It's Friday.
Mike Joseph, Pioneered the concept of a radio programming consultant
Mario Kassar, Former chairman of Carolco Pictures, the movie company
that produced such blockbusters as Rambo, Terminator 2, and Total
Recall. At one time he ran a billion-dollar industry.
Asaad Kelad, Has done numerous series like "Family Ties" and
episodes of "The Facts of Life," "Who's the Boss?," "WKRP
in Cincinnati," etc.
Herbert Khaury, Lebanese-American folk singer known to all of his
fans as "Tiny Tim"
Callie Khoury, First woman to receive an Oscar for Best Original
Screenplay -- for "Thelma and Louise"
Emile Kuri, Nominated eight times for films like Mary Poppins.
Won the Oscar twice -- for "The Heiress" and Disney's "20,000
Leagues Under the Sea."
Wendie Malick, "One of the stars of NBC’s hit show Just
Kristy McNichol, Actress. Best known in her role as Bubby Lawrence
on the late 1970s TV show Family. Also best known in her as an
undercover cop on the TV show Empty Nest.
Michael Nader, Actor in the "Dynasty" series.
Michelle Nader, Comedy writer of the TV Series "Spin City"
Kathy Najimy, Actress and activist, "Veronica's Closet", "Sister
Act", "Rat Race". Her website: http://kathynajimy.com/
Michael Nouri, The leading man who starred in the movie Flashdance;
later seen in TV's "Love and War" sitcom.
Harold Ramis, Wrote and directed over the past twenty years over
a dozen films, several of which are among the highest grossing
comedies of all time. In 1978, Animal House became a blockbuster,
and Harold began a long, successful (and hilarious) string of hits,
including Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Back to
School, Groundhog Day, Analyze This and most recently, Bedazzled.
Keanu Reeves, That's right. Keanu was born in Beirut in the 1970's.
He is mixture of Hawaiian, Chinese, and American.
Diane Rehm, Host and executive producer of "The Diane Rehm
Show" on National Public Radio (NPR).
Fouad Said, The cinematographer who designed Cinemobile -- the
first customized van for filming on location -- while working on
the TV series "I Spy". For this achievement, he received
a Technical Academy Award in 1970
Fred Saidy, Wrote two classics, "Finian's Rainbow" and "Bloomer
Lucie Salhany, Former chairwoman for Fox Broadcasting Co. and former
chairwoman for United Paramount (TV) Network
Elie Samaha, Producer and owner of Franchise Pictures; Films: Driven,
The whole nine yards, The Pledge, Battle Field Earth, Heist, Exit
Neil Sedaka, Lebanese American singer
Shakira, World-renowned rock singer. Born in Columbia of Lebanese
Tony Shalhoub, One of the alien men in Men In Black
Omar Sharif, Born Michael Shalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt in 1932,
to Lebanese parents.
Tom Shidyac, Director. Directed such well known movies like Ace
Ventura: Pet Detective, and The Nutty Professor
G. E. Smith, Former bandleader for many years for NBC TVs "Saturday
James Stacy, Played James Stacy in the popular TV drama "Laramie."
Michael Tadross, Was the unit production manager for Die Hard III,
Devil's Advocate, and many other movies.
Julie Taymor, The creative mastermind behind the Broadway version
of Disney's "The Lion King." She also directed the powerful
The Late Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude Hospital for Children,
comedian and star of sit-com, "Make Room For Daddy".
Marlo Thomas, Actress and Producer. Daughter of the late actor
Danny Thomas. Marlo has won Emmy Awards and is best known for her
role in That Girl
Tony Thomas, Producer. Son of the late actor Danny Thomas. Has
won Emmy Awards for his productions
Tiffany, The first teenage singer to have her first two singles
both hit number one
Gabriel Yared, Academy Award winner, music score composer for the
movie "The English patient".
Amy Yasbeck, Actress. Played in the TV series Wings and played
in the movies Problem Child and Robin Hood Men in Tights.
David Yazbeck, Wrote the lyrics and score for "The Full Monty"
Frank Zappa, Former legend in the world of rock
Ambassadors, Diplomats and Politicians
Chris Abboud, Nebraska State Senator
James Abdnor, US Senator of South Dakota (1981-1986)
James Abourezk, U.S. Senator of South Dakota (1971-1979)
Spencer Abraham, The new Secretary of Energy of the United States
of America . He is a third-generation American of Lebanese descent.
Born in Michigan. Was also a U.S. Senator representing the state
John Ash, Mayor, Olean (NY)
William N. Aswad, Vermont State Representative
Victor Atiyeh, Governor of Oregon (1979-1987)
Suzanne Azar, Mayor, El Paso (TX) 1989-1991
John Baldacci, Congressman (ME)
Michael Baroody, Asst Secretary, US Department of Labor (1985-1988)
William Baroody Jr, Asst to the President, Office of Public Liaison
Timothy Bryan, City Council Member, Massillon (OH)
David Cappiello, Connecticut State Representative
George Crady, Florida State Representative
Mitch Daniels, Assistant to the President, Political and Intergovernmental
Pat Danner, Former Congresswoman (MO)
Brenda Elias, Mayor, Franklin (NH) 1989-1994
George Ellis, Texas Court of Appeals
Edward J. Elum, Jr. - Judge on the Massillon (OH) Municipal Court.
Joe Farris, West Virginia State Delegate
Elias Francis, Former Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.
Edward Gabriel, U.S. Ambassador to the kingdom of Morocco
Joseph P. Ganim, Mayor, Bridgeport (CT)
Jeannie A. Gregory, City Clerk, South Pasadena (CA)
Edmond Haddad, Deputy Asst Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy
Philip C. Habib, Former U.S. Ambassador and Presidential Envoy
under the Ronald Reagan Administration
William A. Hamzy, Connecticut State Representative
Helen Bishara Huey, City Council Member, Houston (TX)
Richard Ieyoub, Attorney General for the State of Louisiana
Daniel Issa, Rhode Island State Senator
Darrell Issa, Congressman (CA)
Teresa Issac, Vice Mayor, Lexington (KY)
Richard Iyoub, Current Attorney General of Louisiana.
Michael J. Jarjura, Connecticut State Representative
Chris John, Congressman (Louisiana)
Ruth Joseph, Mayor, Waterville (ME)
James Kaddo, Judge, Superior court of California)
Stephen Kafoury, Oregon State Senator, 1977-1980
Dr. Hamid Claude Kantara D.O., First Lebanese immigrant to be elected
to City Council in Galveston County.
Pete Karem, Former Chief Justice of the Circuit Court in Jefferson
George Kasem, Former Congressman (CA)
Theodore Kattouf, U.S Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
Abraham Kazen, Former Congressman (TX)
Steven Kfoury, City Council President, Lawrence (MA)
Don Korrey, County Commissioner, Logan County (CO) 1990-1994
Ray LaHood, Congressman (IL)
George Latimer, Former Mayor of St. Paul Minnesota.
Thomas Lazieh, Mayor, Central Falls (RI) 1990-1996
James Maloof, Former Mayor of Peoria, IL
Marianne Yarid McGuire, Michigan State Board of Education
George Mitchell, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Lebanese on
his mother's side.
Herb Mocol, Mayor, Mankato (MN) 1972-1987
Toby Moffett, US Representative of Connecticut (1975-1982)
George Mowad, Mayor, Oakdale (LA) 1972-1992
Joseph Nahra, Ohio Court of Appeals
Lee Namey, Mayor, Wilkes-Barre (PA) 1988-1995
Thomas Nassif, U.S. Ambassador to Morocco (1985-1988)
Mary Rose Oakar, US Representative of Ohio (1977-1993)
Nick Rahall II, 20-year veteran Congressman of West Virginia, grandson
of Lebanese immigrants.
Selwa Roosevelt, American Ambassador and longest-serving White
House Chief of Protocol (1982-1989)
Joan Haddad Saliba, Mayor, Hartwell (GA)
George Shadid, Illinois State Senator
Randel C. Shadid, Mayor, Edmond (OK)
Jeanne Shaheen, Governor of the State of New Hampshire
Donna Shalala, Former Secretary of State for Health and Human Services
under the Clinton Administration (and the longest to serve in the
Greg Simon, Director of Domestic Policy, Office of Vice President
Anthony Solomon, Rhode Island State Treasurer, 1976-1984, 1989-1992
John E. Sununu Sr, Former Governor (NH) and White House Chief of
John Sununu Jr, Congressman (NH)
James J. Tayoun, City Councilman, Philadelphia (PA) 1975-1987
Helen Thomas, a 50-year veteran with U.S. International and the
Dean of the White House Press Corps; served with eight U.S. presidents
Richard Thomas, County Commission Chairman, Hampden County (MA)
Rose Allan Tucker, County Commissioner, Luzerne County - Chairwoman
Marcelle Wahba, U.S. Ambassador
Brian Wahby, Assistant City Treasurer, St. Louis (MO)
Tracy A. Yokich, Michigan State Representative 1991-1996
Sam Hanna Zakhem, U.S Ambassador (1986-1989) and Recipient of Ellis
Island Medal of Honor.
Charles Zogby, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Jim Baxis, Former second baseman for Cleveland Indians baseball
Eddie Elias, Founded the Bowling Association of America.
John Elway, Former quarterback for the Denver Broncos football
Doug Flutie, Quarterback for the San Diego Chargers football team.
Bill George, Former Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears
Jeff George, Quarterback for the Washington Redskins football team.
Elias Ghanem, Head of the Las Vegas Boxing Association.
Abe Gibran, Former offensive lineman and coach for the Chicago
Bears football team.
Brian Habib, Former lineman for the Denver Broncos and Seattle
Seahawks football teams.
John Jaha, The first baseman for the Oakland A's.
Kerbawy family, Former owners of the Detroit Lions football team.
Rich Kotite, Former NFL coach
Joe Lahoud, Former leftfielder for the Boston Red Sox baseball
Fred Maalouf, Former quarterback for the St. Louis Cardinals football
George Maloof, Former owner of the Houston Rockets NBA basketball
Maloof Brothers, Owners of the Sacramento Kings basketball team.
Zuhair "Steve" Mansour, Weightlifting's Grandmaster of
the World in 1990.
Bobby Rahal, Won the Indianapolis 500 in auto racing in 1986. Current
CART team owner; acted as interim president-CEO of CART until Dec.,
2000 but resigned to assume position with Jaguar Formula One team.
Joe Robbie, Former owner of the Miama Dolphins football team.
Fuad Rubeiz, Former kicker for the Minnesota Vikings football team.
Fred Saigh, Former owner of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
Pete Sarron, Former featherweight boxing champion.
Rony Seikaly, Former NBA center for various clubs.
Frank Skaff, Former manager for the Detroit Tigers baseball team.
Victor Taweel, Former lightweight boxing champion.
Businessmen, Industrialists and Financiers
Robert Abboud, Former President of the First National Bank of Chicago.
Ziad K. Abdelnour, Dealmaker, Financier, Venture Capitalist, Registered
Lobbyist. Financed over 60 US private companies since 1986 raising
over $2 billion in capital; sits on the Board of 15 of them. President & Founder
of the U.S Committee for a Free Lebanon, Inc , Former President
of the Arab Bankers Association of North America and Publisher
of the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin Son of Lebanese MP Khalil
Richard Abdoo, President & CEO of Wisconsin Energy Corporation
and Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Anthony Abraham, Miami's Chevrolet king, Recipient of Ellis Island
Medal of Honor.
Waleed Ali & Malik Ali, Founded MPI, the world's largest home-video
distributor of documentaries.
Simon Assad, co-CEO of Heavy.com, a music site that was nominated
for a Webby, the Internet's highest honor.
Ronald Assaf, Founder, former CEO and current Chairman of Sensormatic
Electronics Corporation, an international company with revenues
of $1 billion, doing business in 80 countries and Recipient of
Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Joseph Audi, President and CEO of Bank Audi (USA).
George Barbar, Florida based real estate tycoon, Recipient of Ellis
Island Medal of Honor.
Ghassan Bejjani, General Partner, Morgan Stanley Venture Partners,
one of the most prominent private equity groups on Wall Street.
George Boutros, Known as "The Fiercest Tech Mergers and Acquisitions
Banker In The World." Heads a 70-man Tech M&A team @ Credit
Suisse First Boston in San Francisco. Son of former Lebanese Minister
of Foreign Affairs Fouad Boutros.
Fouad Chartouni, Owner and operator of the most famous hotel of
the Stars, the Lowell Hotel.
Camille Chebeir, President of SEDCO Services; investment arm of
the Bin Mahfouz family of Saudi Arabia and Former President of
the Arab Bankers Association of North America
Raymond Debbane, President of the Invus Group, a multi-million
dollar private equity firm specializing in buyouts and venture
Derek E. Dewan, Chairman and CEO of Modis Incorporated, a $1 billion
information technology services subsidiary of Modis Professional
Services, Inc.(NYSE:MPS) and Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of
Nabil El Hage, President and CEO of Jeepers, Inc, and famous turnaround
Roger Farah, President, CEO and Director of Polo Ralph Lauren.
Previously served as Chairman of the Board of Ventaor Group Inc.,
the parent company of Footlocker
Nijad Fares, President of Wedge Group, USA and President of the
American Task Force for Lebanon. Son of Deputy Prime Minister Issam
Michel T. Halbouty, Ellis Island Medal of Honor - Recognized as
one of the world's foremost geologists and petroleum engineers
and is acclaimed for his scientific expertise. Read American Association
of Petroleum Geologists Foundation, and Ellis Island Medal of Honor
George A. Hamid, Jr. - Businessman and circus owner. Besides owning
circuses and state fairs, Hamid operated the Steel Pier, a large
amusement park that featured live entertainers.
Dr. Ray Irani, Former chemist with dozens of patents. Became Armand
Hammer's successor as Chairman of the Board at Oxy; President and
Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum. AUB Alumnus
Tony Ismail, Entrepreneur who founded the largest retailer of flags
store in Dallas The Alamo Flag Company
Dr. Joseph Jacobs, Founder of an international, billion-dollar
engineering group, "Jacobs Engineering Group" NYSE "JEC".
Joseph D. Jamaica, Texas lawyer who won the biggest settlement
in U.S. history, on behalf of Pennzoil ($10 billion dollars). Listed
#189 on Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans.
George Joseph, #317 on Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans.
Abdo Kadifa, President and CEO of Corio Inc, a leading Silicon
Valley based Enterprise Application Service Provider.
Habib Kairouz, Managing Partner of RHO Management, Inc., a multi-million
dollar private equity firm specializing in venture capital
John Mack, Investment banking legend. Ex-CEO of Morgan Stanley,
now CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston.
Bob Manikian and brothers, Personal brokers to the Prince of Brunei
(richest man in the world ) - They are 90th richest on UK TOP 100.
Ned Mansour, President of Mattel, Inc. in 1999, the maker of Barbie
Sam Moore, Owner of Thomas Nelson Publishers
The Naify Brothers, Founded cable television in the 50s. At one
time both brothers owned 60% of United Artist theaters. Father
Michael Naify was the former CEO for United Artist Communications.
Yousef Nasr, CEO of HSBC Bank USA
Jack Nasser, Former President of the Ford Motor Company.
Paul Orfalea, Founder/CEO of Kinkos
Richard Edward Rainwater, #127 on Forbes list of the 400 richest
Khalil Rizk, Founder of the famous New York based Chinese Porcelain
Charles Rozwat, Executive VP of Server Technologies - ORACLE CORPORATION
Abdo Sabban, AUB Alumnus. Founder of multi-million dollar real
estate co. Treasurer of the AANA.
Naseeb Saliba, Founder of Tutor-Saliba Corporation, one of the
largest privately held international General Contracting firms
in the world, with over $ 6 billion in completed work. Also Recipient
of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
George Shaheen, Former President of Anderson Consulting - one of
the Top 4 Consulting Firms in America. Resigned and was CEO of
Webvan, ex-on-line grocery delivery service.
Joseph Shaker, Jr., His father founded Shaker Advertising. Today
Shaker Advertising is the oldest and most respected Advertising
Firm in the Midwest. Their headquarters is in Chicago, IL.
Tony Tamer, co-Founder and CEO of HIG Capital, a multi-million
dollar private equity firm specializing in buyouts and venture
Roger Tamraz, Financier, Oil man, one of the top 10 campaign contributors
to former President Bill Clinton.
Peter J. Tanous, President of Lynx Investment Advisory, the author
of 2 books on investment analysis, one of which is "The Wealth
Equation," published by the New York Institute of Finance.
Founder of the American Task Force for Lebanon.
The Late Dave Thomas, Founder of fast food chain Wendy's. Passed
away in January 2002. Was adopted by Lebanese parents.
Bryan J. Zwan Ph.D., Founded fiber-optic equipment company Digital
Lightwave 1990; IPO 1997. #391 on Forbes list of the 400 richest
Victor DelNore, Former U.S Commander of the Nagasaki Military Government
Colonel James Jabara, of the U.S. Air Force; Korean War hero
General George Joulwan, West Point graduate; commanded both the
U.S. and NATO forces in Europe
Navy Lt. Alfred Naifeh, Navy hero; in 1944, one of our Navy ships,
the destroyer USS Naifeh was named in his honor
Maj. Gen. Fred Safay, WWII Army Officer; fought alongside General
Colonel Alfred Shihab, of the US armed forces that landed in Lebanon
Brig. Gen. Elias Stevens, WWII Army Officer; served on Gen. Eisenhower's
General Antoine Zinni, U.S Presidential Envoy to the Middle East
under the George W. Bush Administration. Activists
Fouad Ajami, Scholar, Academic, Consultant, Activist and Head of
Middle East Studies at John Hopkins University.
Rabih Aridi, Treasurer and Board Member of Amnesty International
Bill Ferris, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Abdeen Jabara, Lawyer and an activist, former President and founding
member of the ADC; Also one of the founders of the AAUG, PHRC,
Ralph Johns, A key white participant in the civil rights movement
in the 1960's; encouraged the famous Woolworth 'sit-in' at a lunch
counter in Greensboro, North Carolina
Candy Lightner, Founder of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
Habib Malik, Scholar, Human Rights Activist and Academic. Son of
the late Charles Malik, one of the founding members of the United
Ralph Nader, Ex-Presidential candidate and Head of the Green Party.
Nagy Najjar, Executive Director of the Lebanese Foundation for
Daniel Nassif, US Representative of the Council of Lebanese American
Organizations, Activist, Consultant, Lobbyist.
Edward M. Salem, Chairman of the International Maronite Foundation
George Salem, Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP,
National Head of the U.S. Department of Labor Practice & Recipient
of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Camille Sarrouf, Senior partner of the Boston law firm of Sarrouf,
Tarricone & Flemming, former president of the Massachusetts
Academy of Trial Attorneys. Also passionately and actively involved
with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee
and was the Chairman of its Board of Governors from 1994 to 1998.
Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Berge Setrakian, Partner, Law Offices of Whitman and Ransom, Vice
President of the American General Benevolent Union and Recipient
of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Paul Michael Wihbey, IASPS Strategic Fellow who specializes in
US energy and security in the Persian Gulf and adjacent areas.
As a former vice president of the Federal Liberal Party of Canada
during the Trudeau Administration, he was a member of the Canadian
parliamentary and diplomatic fact-finding missions to Lebanon in
the early 1980s. Also serves as a consultant on Middle East security,
economics and political issues to US-based multinationals, Congress
and the Department of Defense.
Stephen P. Yokich, Union leader. In 1995 he became the eighth president
of the sixty-year-old UAW, a labor union officially named the International
Union of United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement
Workers of America.
James Zogby, President of the American Arab Institute
John Zogby, One of America's preeminent pollsters, keeping tabs
on public opinion and other statistics, founder of Zogby International.
George Zoghby, President of the Mobile Area Chapter of the National
Alliance of Lebanese Americans
Doctors and Scientists
Hassan Kamel Al-Sabbah, Inventor for GE in the 1920s, 52 different
patents among one of the first patents on television tubes and
solar energy panels.
Ghassan Antar Ph.D, At the University of California in San Diego,
a plasma physicist.
Nicholas S. Assal, Medical researcher. Helps doctors in the world
prevent and treat complications during pregnancy and birth.
Dr. Amin Barakat MD, Famous Pediatrician and Professor of Medicine
- Georgetown University Medical Center. Recipient of Ellis Island
Medal of Honor.
Dr. Bassam A. Bassam M.D., Professor of Neurology at the University
of South Alabama, Department of Neurology.
Dr. Elias Corey, Chemist. Won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
for developing a logical process that changed the face of synthetic
Dr. Michael DeBakey, World Famous heart surgeon currently working
in Houston, TX. Invented the heart pump. Today he's chancellor
of Baylor University's College of Medicine.
George A. Doumani, Geologist whose explorations helped prove the
theory of continental drift. He has a mountain peak named after
him in Antarctica.
Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,
Michael Fakih, MD, Recognized worldwide as a leader in his field.
His innovative GIFT technique - using the woman's follicular fluid
to treat sperm and serve as a transfer medium - has revolutionized
the procedure. The improvement nearly doubles the success rate
of the GIFT procedure.
Dr. Fran Jabara, Professor of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship
at Wichita State University and the founder (in 1977) of the Center
for Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University. A building at
the University has been named in his honor as Jabara Hall. He is
a relative of the late Col. James Jabara (see Military), America's
first triple jet ace in the Korean War.
George a. Kyrala Ph.D - AKA George Amine Khairallah from Bhamdoun.
An atomic physicist with a Ph.D from Yale and fellow of the SPIE.
Recently won an international prize for high speed photography.
Christa McAuliffe, Teacher and Astronaut. Was one of the seven
crew members on board the space shuttle Challenger that exploded
shortly after launch.
Dr. Anis Razzouk MD, Prominent heart surgeon at Loma Linda University
Hospital in Riverside, CA.
Dr. Philip Salem, Famous Texas based oncologist and Recipient of
Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Jack Shaheen, Former Emeritus Professor of Mass Communications
at Southern Ilinois University.
Edward M. Sion, Ph.D, Scientific Editor, The Astrophysical Journal;
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics,
Academics and Media Figures
David Adamany, President of Wayne State University in Detroit.
Helena Cobban, Author of The Syrian-Israeli Peace Talks: 1991-96
and Beyond (USIP Press, Feb. 2000) and of The Moral Architecture
of World Peace: Nobel Laureates Discuss Our Global Future (University
Press of Virginia, May 2000). A veteran writer and columnist on
Raghida Dergham, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent at Al-Hayat
Joseph Farah, Editor in Chief of WorldNetDaily
Fawaz Gerges, Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs
and Middle East Studies at Sarah Lawrence College. His latest book
is American and Political Islam (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
Zeina B. Ghandour, Born in Beirut in 1966 and studied at Kent University,
specializing in Islamic and Jewish law, wrote "The Honey":
a story about contemporary Palestine that revolves around a village
muezzin’s daughter, Ruhiya, who breaches one of the deepest
taboos of Islam by performing the call to the dawn prayer.
Samuel John Hazo, Poet. In 1993, Pennsylvania named Hazo its first
poet laureate, or official state poet.
Brian Karem, Of Lebanese descent and nephew to David Karem of Louisville
KY. Former television correspondent for America's Most Wanted and
Emile Kuri, Was Head set decorator for Disney. Won two Oscars for
his set decorations in two films.
Dr. Luz Lenis Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for
sophomores at Fordham University, Bronx, NY
Amin Maalouf, Journalist and writer. In 1993 won the Prix Goncourt,
France's most prestigious literary award.
Steven Naifeh, Won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for his biography "Jackson
Pollock: An American Saga".
Fred Saidy, Broadway playwright. Wrote two classics, Finian's Rainbow
and Bloomer Girls.
Cindy Mohammad Saleh, Teenage Lebanese-American Poet.
Mike Toney, Played 'Fat Sally' in Martin Scorsese's film Casino.
Nido Qubein, Writer-lecturer on business and success. Became President
of the National Speakers' Association and the youngest member inducted
into the International Speakers' Hall of Fame.
Joseph Abboud, World famous designer of men's line of clothing
carrying his name "Joseph Abboud".
Reem Acra, Emerging woman's fashion designer of the New York scene.
Mansour Farah, Manufacturer. Founded a multimillion-dollar menswear
manufacturing company called Farah's.
Joseph Marion Haggar, Manufacturer. Was the founder and former
chairman of the country's leading manufacturers of men's clothing.
The company name Haggar Corporation.
Norma Kamali, Fashion designer. Her clothing line OMO Norma Kamali
is known throughout the world.
The Maloof Family, Manufactured Mod-O-Day women's dresses.
Artists, Clergy & Poets
William Peter Blatty, Author. Best known for his best-selling book
and Academy Award-winning screenplay The Exorcist.
Vance Bourjaily, Novelist. Known for his nonfiction articles about
outdoor activities, some of which have been published in collections
like his 1997 book Fishing by Mail: An Outdoor Life of a Father
Most Reverend Bishop Stephen H. Doueihi, of St. Maron of Brooklyn
for the Maronites and Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Hussam A. Fadhi, Award-winning sculptor whose work is displayed
around the world, including the Bush Presidential Library.
Gibran Khalil Gibran: Highly respected poet/thinker. Born and bred
in Lebanon. Moved to Boston in later years. His book "The
Prophet" has been translated to tens of languages. Has a park
built in his honor in downtown Boston where he lived most of the
later years of his life. The park is symbolically situated between
a library and a church.
Raymond Kayal Sr., National Chairman of the Order of St. Nicholas,
member of the Melkite Eparchial Finance Council and Recipient of
Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Sam Maloof, Woodworker whose quality work is in great demand. Has
had creations appear in the White House, Smithsonian Institution,
the Vatican and other renowned exhibit halls.
Ameen Rihani, Writer, Philosopher, Political Thinker
Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of
Archbishop Francis M. Zayek, Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of
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you to everyone who contributed recipes and photos in the past
years to help us share Lebanon's
beauty with the world and to help
perpetuate the Lebanese culture
across the globe.
Thank you especially to Aunt Maheeba's friend (sorry I forgot her name) who was originally from Saghbine (Lebanon) but who lived in Brooklyn and gave
me many of these authentic recipes
that she had saved from the old
country. She shared them with
all the young Lebanese wives
who grew up here in the United
States and did not have access
to authnetic Lebanese recipes
or training in Lebanese cooking
"the right way". May she rest in peace.
Please browse the Lebanon Photo pages below.
Click on the links to see more photo pages
Lebanon Photo Pages:
Cedar of Lebanon Photos: | Main
Page | Page
1 | Page
2 | Old
Cedars | Cedar
Info | The
Cedar as a Cultural Asset |
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for excellent Lebanon maps with extreme detail