Farid Srour has risen from modest beginnings in Syria to become a respected businessman and generous philanthropist. Born in the small harbor city of Tartous, Syria, Farid was one of five children born to Hanne and Tannous Srour. After receiving his baccalaureate degree, he moved to Beirut, Lebanon to teach in the Adventist elementary school. He later left for Amman, Jordan where he built the Adventist School of Amman and remained there as headmaster and principal.
He graduated from Washington Missionary College in 1949. In 1955, he began a new career in real estate. He later established the F.S. Peoples’ Realty Company as a private investment real estate company focusing on development of commercial and residential real estate in Montgomery County.
The generosity of others made it possible for Farid Srour to be educated in the United States. Throughout his remarkable career, he has never forgotten those who helped him, especially those connected with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has been a generous contributor to his Church, Washington Adventist University, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Loma Linda University, and Johns Hopkins University. In his words: “I believe all my blessings came from God and I hope, in my small way, I can return those gifts to others.”