"He lived life abundantly"
In memory of Malcolm Hooper Kerr
October 8, 1931-January 18, 1984
Dr. Kerr, the ninth president of the institution, was a renowned scholar on Arab politics who was educated at Princeton, AUB, and Johns Hopkins. Born in the University's Hospital in 1931 to an AUB Biochemist and the future AUB Dean of Women, Dr. Kerr later served many years at AUB and UCLA before returning to Beirut to become President of AUB in 1982. He served as President of the foremost educational institution in the Middle East for one and one-half years before being assassinated and dying in the same hospital in which he was born. Dr. Kerr combined the best of both worlds he lovedLebanon and Americain his life and his work, and gave his life to preserve and promote the values and beliefs of AUB's founders that helped to make AUB the success it was and still is.
I returned from a marvellous summer in Egypt totally changed in my focus and outlook on the world. I knew from that point on that I would spend my life studying the Middle East and searching for peace. It was not until a few years later, when I read more about Dr. Kerr, that I realized how much he was a role model, a mentor so to speak, for me in my study of the Middle East. Both Ann and Malcolm have spent their lives helping others to learn and to learn about the Middle East, and their love of Lebanon and region is so strong and genuine that it easily rubs off on others. I have them both to thank for who I am today.
For more detailed coverage than I could ever provide, I urge you to visit AUB's web site, http://www.aub.edu.lb/themes/1999/Kerr/ (which graced the AUB home page during January 1999), and view its touching tribute. I also recommend reading Come With Me From Lebanon, Ann Kerr's moving account of her and Malcolm's lives and the love of AUB and Lebanon that kept them coming back.