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WAU Mourns the Passing of Alumnus Farid Srour

Takoma Park, MD (March 14, 2018) It is with great sadness that the faculty, staff, students and alumni of Washington Adventist University (WAU) offer condolences to the family and friends of alumnus Farid Srour, who passed peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, March 4, 2018. He was 100 years old.

Rising from modest beginnings in Syria to become a respected businessman and philanthropist, Srour graduated in 1949 from Washington Missionary College with a major in French and chemistry. With his entrepreneurial drive, he made a successful career in real estate and land development. In his later years, he would say “…God gave me miracle after miracle. He was responsible for all my success!”

Srour often talked about the importance of “leaving tracks” which he meant as leaving behind something meaningful that would inspire future generations to do the same. Throughout his remarkable career, he never forgot those who helped him–especially those connected with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was a generous contributor to his church and to Washington Adventist University. Other beneficiaries of his philanthropy included Shady Grove Medical Center, Montgomery College, Loma Linda University Medical School and Montgomery County Police and EMS. Dr. Weymouth Spence, President of Washington Adventist University, remembers that “…he was a man with a big heart for family, friends and community…”

Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with the family of Farid Srour. He will truly be missed.