American Univesity of Beirut

Mrs. Mary Arevian’s Farewell

​​Farewell, retirement speech Honoring Mrs. Mary Arevian by Dean Laila Farhood

Today, we are here to honor Mary Bakalian Arevian, Clinical Associate Professor.

What can I say about such an enabling person, what she did, her achievements in making difference in those she touched their lives. 

In a few words, Mary’s dedication, loyalty and long service to the school of nursing at AUB are just a few of her modest personality traits. I have seen Mary grow and develop from an instructor to a clinical Associate professor.

Mary retired from her position and today I realized how time and valued moments fly. 

How long have you been here? Everyone here has memories with Mary and we can tell stories about teaching nursing students during war times. How Mary and other collogues worked under fire and bombing. Mary spent long time leading nursing students during her tenure with us. She has touched all of our lives during this time and we are sad to see her go. 

One cannot talk of community nursing without Mary’s input. She taught her students how to work together in groups for making a difference. She was always available to help them be successful.

Her teaching covered a long list of nursing courses and her passion was for community nursing. She was member in several community NGO’s, she spearheaded the graduate community track and supervised UG & GR projects.

Mary published her research in refereed journals and presented papers at local and international conferences. Mary comes from a generation where “teaching might even be greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit”.

Mary in your teaching profession you have made a lasting impression on Nursing through the lives of the students you have taught and touched. (Many of them are faculty members). They are all thankful for being in your path. 

I wish to thank you for all what you have done to our school of nursing and wish you happy retirement. 

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