November 11, 2003
Abdo Iskandar Baaklini
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Abdo I. Baaklini Ph.D.
Abdo I. Baaklini, Ph.D., 65, of Lake Shore Drive, died Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at Glens Falls Hospital, following a long illness.
Born March 7, 1938 in Dhour Shweir, Lebanon, he was the son of Iskandar A. Baaklini and Sadah Yacoub Baaklini. Professor Baaklini received a B.A. (with honors) and a M.P.A. in public administration from the American University of Beirut as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from the University at Albany, SUNY. His dissertation is titled Legislatures and Political Development: Lebanon 1840-1970. Dr. Baaklini was the director of the Center for Legislative Development (CLD), Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy for the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). The Center was founded more than 30 years ago to help build and strengthen legislative institutions worldwide. Professor Baaklini received numerous grants and contracts from U.S. federal agencies (i.e., U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Information Agency (USIA), National Science Foundation (NSF))to research, design and implement projects to strengthen and promote viable democratic systems and good governance in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. His areas of expertise included legislative administration and policy, development and international administration, comparative politics and administration, public management and organizational theory.
Professor Baaklini's teaching areas included organizational theory, public management, comparative politics and administration, development and international administration and legislative administration. He traveled extensively and spoke several languages including Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Dr. Baaklini published numerous books as well as edited books, chapters in books and journal articles. His most recent publications were Legislative Politics in the Arab World: The Resurgence of Democratic Institutions; CLD: Global Report on the Lebanon Relief and Redevelopment Project; The Brazilian Legislature and Political System; The Politics of Legislation in New York State: How A Bill Becomes a Law; Legislative and Political Development: Lebanon, 1842 to 1972; and Viable Constitutionalism and Democratic Political Stability. Additionally, he presented over 40 papers at professional conferences.
During his career, Professor Baaklini was employed as a personnel specialist for the American University of Beirut in Lebanon; as an instructor at the Teacher's Training College, Amara, Iraq; and a program officer-academic advisor and project director with the American Embassy, USAID, Regional Training Office, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Professor Baaklini held a number of positions at the University at Albany starting with his being the associate director of the Comparative Development Studies Center (the predecessor of the Center for Legislative Development) at the University at Albany (UA/SUNY) in 1972.
He joined the University at Albany's Department of Public Administration as an assistant professor and became a full professor in 1994. He chaired the department during 1989 to 90. He became the acting director of the Comparative Development Studies Center (CDSC) in 1977 and its director in 1978. He directed the International Development Program from 1982 to 1990 and had directed the Center for Legislative Development since 1990. Dr. Baaklini organized conferences and chaired panels in the U.S., Middle East, Europe, South and Central America and Asia. He created and implemented over 75 seminars and workshops for legislators; consulted for U.S. federal agencies (AID, USIS, NSF) and with the governments of Brazil, Costa Rica, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Yemen, Korea, Morocco, Haiti, Nicaragua, Egypt and several West African states regarding legislative development and other developmental issues. He founded COVICO (Committee on Viable Constitutionalism) with Professor Emeritus Fred Riggs of the University of Hawaii and attended the first COVICO Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
His other professional activities are too numerous to list. Dr. Baaklini's professional affiliations included the American Society of Public Administration, the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the Middle East Studies Association, the Middle East Institute, the Organization for the Promotion of Social Sciences in the Middle East and the International Political Science Association.
Dr. Baaklini was a frequent public lecturer at various universities in the U.S. and overseas and gave interviews on radio and TV and in the local press regarding international issues affecting the U.S., particularly concerning the Middle East. The University at Albany recently honored Dr. Baaklini with the first Rockefeller College Lifetime Achievement Award and presented him with a Rockefeller College Medallion.
Dr. Baaklini was predeceased by his parents, Iskandar A. Baaklini and Sadah Yacoub Baaklini; one brother, Albert Baaklini; and one sister, Nouha Baaklini.
He is survived by his wife, Rehab Karami Baaklini and their two children, daughter, Sadah, and son, George Baaklini of Lake George; his former wife, Soumaya Baaklini, and their two sons, Farid and Iskandar Baaklini of Albany; and a stepdaughter, Sarah and stepson, Jade Belhumeur of Lake George; three brothers, Shibil Baaklini and his wife and children of Houston, Texas; Joseph Baaklini and his wife and children of Dhour Shweir, Lebanon; George Baaklini and his wife of Palm Beach, Fla.; three sisters, Laya Baaklini Moujaes and children (husband deceased) of Dhour Shweir, Lebanon; Mary Baaklini Dagher and her husband and children of Dhour Shweir, Lebanon; and Najla Baaklini Rahbani and her children (husband deceased) of Houston, Texas.
Private calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Stafford Funeral Home, Inc., 90 Montcal St., Lake George.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Mohican Street, Lake George, with the Rev. Joseph O'Brien officiating.
A Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Main Street, South Glens Falls. A memorial service for Dr. Baaklini will be held at the University of Albany, to be announced at a later date, and also in Lebanon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Baaklini's memory to:
Glens Falls Hospital Cancer Center, 100 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801 or
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
Published in the Albany Times Union on 11/13/2003.
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