The Eileen Patricia McMahon Zogby Irish Education Fund

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 25, 2020 in Blog

AAI mourns the loss of Eileen McMahon Zogby

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It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that the Arab American Institute marks the passing of Mrs. Eileen Patricia McMahon Zogby, spouse of AAI President and Co-Founder, Dr. James Zogby.

Mrs. Zogby passed away on March 11, 2020, surrounded by family. Her compassion, intellect, love of life, and courage inspired Jim and all who knew her. She had an "insatiable curiosity and a passion for justice." Her activism included work around abolishing the death penalty, supporting refugees and the poor, LGBTQ rights, and advocacy for those with Down Syndrome. Mrs. Zogby also cared deeply about the plight of Palestinians.

She was integral to the founding of the Arab American Institute and was key to the groundbreaking work of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign and the humanitarian efforts of Save Lebanon. Her selfless support of this work empowered so much of the advocacy the Arab American community knows today and motivated Dr. Zogby and their children to make service to their communities part of their everyday lives. 

Mrs. Zogby enjoyed travel and had a great love for her Irish roots. She traveled to Ireland frequently and formed an attachment to the country and its history.

The Zogby family established the Eileen Patricia McMahon Zogby Irish Education Fund at her and Dr. Zogby's alma mater, LeMoyne College. This is where they first met and began their work in support of social justice at home and abroad. 

In creating this fund, work in support of teaching about Ireland's history, including the creation of an Irish Lecture Series and student educational travel to Ireland, will be done. While Mrs. Zogby had many passions, the ability to honor her memory by focusing on her Ireland is something she would have loved.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Eileen Patricia McMahon Zogby Irish Education Fund.  

The funeral mass and celebration of Mrs. Zogby's life will take place at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C. as soon as the societal response to COVID-19 will allow for it. We ask that you check back for details.