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March 2010
Obituary for Professor Fouad Antoun (1940-2009)

Prof. Fouad AntounMounir Khani M. D.
Charles Baddoura M. D.

Professor Fouad Antoun was born in Iraq in 1940 and died in Dubai on the 30th. of December 2009. In between, his life journey bridged three continents and numerous countries where he always left behind outstanding contributions and achievements that will long be remembered by his students, his colleagues, and his friends.

Fouad Antoun completed his medical studies and graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1965 after which he obtained his  DPM (1968), and his Ph.D. in neuropharmacology and neurochemistry from the University of Edinburgh(1972) followed by the M.R.C.Psch. United Kingdom (1972), M.R.C.Psych. United Kingdom (1979).

Dr. Fouad Antoun became head of the division of psychiatry at the American University of Beirut 1972 and was involved in academic work and teaching until 1986 when he left to the United States as co-director of neuroscience at UAB Birmingham, Alabama where he stayed till 1989. In 1990 he moved to Qatar as director of Mental Health. In 1993, Dr. Antoun moved back to Lebanon and engaged in private practice. His international work however did not end and his involvement in regional and international psychiatric organizations continued.  He was the secretary general for the Middle East Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Arab Board of Psychiatry, member of the Constitution Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Societies, Chairman of the WPA section on Collaborative and integrative Research, member of the WPA Operational Committee for meetings, representative of the Lebanese ministry of health to WHO and the Arab Board of Psychiatry.

Professor Antoun had over seventy publications on many topics including but not limited to Schizophrenia, Mood disorders, the mechanism of action of psychomimetic drugs, personality disorders, Molecular models of receptocytes and possible configurational interaction with neurotransmitters, and amine metabolism and catabolism in the brain.

Fouad was active until the last week of his life, living for his family, his patients, and his never ending quest for knowledge. He never tired from travelling to attend psychiatric conferences, or from organizing such conferences. Those of us who knew Fouad closely will always remember him as a devoted husband, a loving father, and a proud grandfather. He will also be remembered as a competent psychiatrist, and a caring and dedicated teacher. His interest in raising the level of psychiatric teaching and psychiatric practice was not limited to his native country Lebanon but the whole of the Middle East and the Arab World.

Dr. Antoun is survived by his wife June, his daughters Nadine and Thallein and granddaughter Faye Alwan.

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