AUB mourns the passing of Amin Kurani, alumnus and instructor

​​​Jennifer Muller <jm26@aub.edu.lb>, Office of Communications

Amin David Kurani will be remembered as the fourth-generation member of AUB’s Kurani family since the university’s founding in 1866. A two-time alumnus and full-time instructor in the Department of English since 2014, Amin was well known and well regarded across campus. 

In her letter to the faculty, Dean Nadia El Cheikh wrote: “I am deeply sorry for the loss of this incredible young man who touched the lives of his students and colleagues and who had a very bright future ahead of him as he had been recently accepted to pursue a doctorate at the Lebanese University. He will be deeply missed.”

Amin also distinguished himself while a student at AUB, notably in fields where his father has long enriched the AUB community: in theater and the arts. Active in a broad spectrum of theatrical roles, Amin brought a freshness and authenticity to them all. He always went out of his way to facilitate the many challenges university productions face and showed genuine concern for his fellow actors. 

Amin received his BA in English literature with distinction from AUB in 2006 and his MA in English literature in 2012. He joined the Communication Skills Program in the Department of English in 2014 as a full-time instructor of composition and rhetoric and taught the program's core and specialized writing courses. Between earning his BA and MA, he worked in technical writing, advertising, and journalism. The latter experiences, as well as his passion for theater, helped enrich his teaching with ideas and techniques that his students appreciated.

As news of Amin’s untimely passing moved around campus, two colleagues shared their thoughts and memories. “Amin was a great friend and colleague. He was the kindest, most mature, and gentle person I have ever met. He was extremely helpful. He was excellent in his job, and an inspiration to us all.” Another said, “Amin spread love wherever he went. His liveliness, happiness, and goodness were almost ethereal.” 

Amin embodied in his short life span many of the features that AUB prizes as a liberal arts institution and hopes to imbue in its students: high academic achievement, in a mature and thoughtful human being, striving to make an authentic contribution to shaping society.​