Former Government Professor and Diplomat Angela J. Khoury Dies

Posted: June 20, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: June 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

By Lea Lubag

Angela J. Khoury, a retired Mason faculty member who was also one of Lebanon’s first female diplomats, died May 29 from kidney failure, according to an obituary in the Washington Post. She was 95.

Khoury, who was a professor at Mason from 1967 to 1982, was elected by the Lebanese government to serve as a United Nations delegate in 1945. She held diplomatic posts in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C., until resigning from the Lebanese ministry of foreign affairs in 1966.

Khoury came to Mason the following year when she was appointed as an assistant professor of government. She later became Mason’s first professor in the field of international studies and was responsible for building this area of study in the Department of Public and International Affairs.

The Angela J. Khoury Award for Outstanding Senior in Government and International Politics is named after her.

According to the Post obituary, Khoury was born in Choueir, Lebanon, and graduated in 1937 from the American University of Beirut where she later received a master’s degree in sociology. She began her career teaching sociology there in 1938. She received a doctorate in international relations from Washington’s American University in 1968.

Her husband of 36 years, Shukry E. Khoury, died in 1985. She is survived by her two sons, Philip and George Khoury; two sisters, Salma Jurdak and Salwa Naws, and two grandchildren.

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