The Temple of Understanding is deeply grateful for the service of Dr. Suheil Badi Bushrui on our Council of Trustees. Dr. Bushrui was a peacemaker and scholar. He is well-known for his work on the Lebanese-American author and poet Kahlil Gibran, and his translations of Irish poet W.B. Yeats were influential in bringing that work to an Arab-speaking audience.
Dr. Bushrui held the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland from 1992 to 2005, and he became the first Lisa and George Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace, also at the University of Maryland, in 2009. In these capacities, he worked on educational and spiritual initiatives as nonviolent solutions to conflict. Dr. Bushrui will be greatly missed.