ADC Mourns the Loss of Dr. Yacoub E. Yacoub, Kentucky Chapter President
Washington, DC | March 10, 2008 | www.adc.org | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) mourns the loss of longtime friend and member Yacoub Elias Yacoub, MD, 72. Dr. Yacoub passed away Friday, March 7, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Oraib Yacoub; son, Mazen; daughter, Maha Mostofi, her husband James and his three grandsons, James, Alexander and Michael; and his sister, Marie Barsoum. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Islamic Cultural Center of Louisville, 4007 River Road, Louisville, KY 40207 or to St. Michael Church, 3701 St. Michael Dr., Louisville, KY, 40220.
Dr. Yacoub was an active ADC member who will be remembered for his commitment to raising awareness and understanding of the Arab world and commitment to civil rights. In early 2001, he worked tirelessly to re-establish the Kentucky chapter of ADC and then served as its President. He wrote numerous op-ed pieces for the media and frequently spoke on educational panels, public television and radio shows. He was also one of the Founders and Presidents of the Arab American Association of Louisville. Additionally, he was one of the Founders of the American Palestine Public Affairs Forum. He also served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union and as a member of the Louisville International Council on Foreign Relations and the Louisville Islamic Cultural Center.
Dr. Yacoub was born in Cairo, Egypt to parents of Palestinian origin. He graduated from Cairo University and began his professional career in Iraq. He later practiced in Birmingham, England and New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1972, he moved to Louisville to join the staff at Jewish Hospital where he eventually became Chief of Anesthesia. He also practiced at Audubon Hospital.
NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is non sectarian and non partisan, is the largest Arab-American civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980, by former Senator James Abourezk to protect the civil rights of people of Arab descent in the United States and to promote the cultural heritage of the Arabs. ADC has 38 chapters nationwide, chapters in every major city in the country, and members in all 50 states.
The ADC Research Institute (ADC-RI), which was founded in 1981, is a Section 501(c)(3) educational organization that sponsors a wide range of programs on behalf of Arab Americans and of importance to all Americans. ADC-RI programs include research studies, seminars, conferences, and publications that document and analyze the discrimination faced by Arab Americans in the workplace, schools, media, and governmental agencies and institutions. ADC-RI also celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Arabs.