Posted by Omar Baddar on October 24, 2018 in Blog

The Arab American Institute mourns the loss of Arab American community leader Miriam Zayed, who passed away last night, October 23. News of Miriam's passing is devastating to all who knew, worked with, and cared for her. For the more than 30 years that we worked with Miriam, we marveled at her selfless dedication to her family and her community.

AAI President James Zogby said: “Miriam wanted us to be unified, strong, and successful. She never complained that the challenges we faced were too great and never spoke an unkind word about anyone. She worked to elevate the community, never seeking the limelight for herself. The New Testament reminds us ‘that those who would lead, must first serve.’ This defines Miriam's commitment to service that made her our irreplaceable leader. Her passing leaves a hurt that won't be healed and a hole that can't be filled. All we can do is try to honor her life by following her example.”


The AAI team offers its deepest sympathies and condolences to Miriam’s family, as well as Chicago’s Arab American community for whom Miriam was a warm and guiding presence.

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