DC To Hold Memorial Service for Fahim Qubain

Scholar, author and activist Fahim Issa Qubain, 88, died April 16 at his home in Lexington, VA. Born in Jordan in 1924, he immigrated to the United States in 1946. He received his education here and devoted his life to educating Americans about the Arab world. (See Washington Post obituary, p. C-7, May 27, 2012.)

A strong believer in the power of education, in 2000 Qubain, whose father was Palestinian, co-founded the Hope Fund, which provides scholarships to young Palestinians living in refugee camps so that they can attend colleges across the United States. For the 2011/12 school year, the Hope Fund sponsored the college education of 32 Palestinian students in 15 colleges around the country. (See article by Alex Begley, pp. 36-37 in the November 2011 issue of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, http://www.wrmea.org/archives/373-washington-report-archives-2011-2015/november-2011/10820-the-hope-fund-an-organization-that-lives-up-to-its-name.html.)

A memorial service will be held in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 7, 2012, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at The Florida Avenue Friends Meeting House, 2111 Florida Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20008. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Hope Fund. 752 Forge Road, Lexington, VA 24450. For more information on how to support the Hope Fund, please visit http://www.thehopefund.org/