Fuad Labib Abboud

Fuad Labib Abboud (BS '51, MS '54, Elec Egr) died February 4, 2012, at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham, Mass.

Born on January 19, 1920, in Jaffa, Palestine, he immigrated to the United States in March 1947 to attend Michigan State University, where he was a member of two honorary academic societies - Pi Mu Epsilon and Eta Kappa Nu. He was prevented from returning home to his family and to his radio repair and sales business in Palestine due to events of the times.

At MSU, he met his future wife, Rosa Will, of Hof/Saale, Germany. They were married in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1952. After earning his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering at MSU, he enrolled as a PhD candidate at Syracuse University. He delayed the completion of his degree for two years to take a position as an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. While overseas, Abboud continued to pursue his U.S. citizenship efforts, a cause that took four years to complete and in which he was successful.

He worked for many years as an engineer at Sylvania Electric and General Electric and then owned and operated an electronics franchise in New Bedford, Mass.

Abboud was a Master Mason, joining the Masons while in Beirut, Lebanon. A 50-year Mason, he was a member of the Saint Matthew's Lodge A.F. & A.M., Andover, Mass. He was known to all as an intelligent, kind, thoughtful, gracious, and generous man, more interested in the welfare of others than his own. His many talents and interests included playing the clarinet, violin, and piano; painting and gardening; classical music and opera; and reading, particularly world history. A true engineer, Abboud rarely met a home project he couldn't tackle and conquer.

His wife, Rosa, predeceased him in 1977. He is survived by his children Aida (Thomas) Gennis of Wayland, Mass., Labeeb ( Kristen) Abboud of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Omar (Catherine) Abboud of Bronxville, N.Y.; his brother Fawzi (Nawal) Abboud; his sister-in-law Naimeh Abboud; his brother-in-law Bernhard Will; six grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.