Dr. Saeeb Jaroudi 1929 - 2014It is with great sadness that we inform members and friends of the death, on 15th September, of our colleague and founding member Dr Saeeb Jaroudi.Many of you will know of his distinguished background and his service to the Lebanon, its business and its politics. Saeeb served in the “The Young Government” under President Suleiman Franjieh with distinction as Minister of National Economy, Industry and Tourism. His work with UNIDA (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) at the time brought outstanding benefits to Lebanese business at a critical moment.Saeeb worked throughout his life as an economic advisor to governments and the private sector including his appointment as the first Director General of Kuwait’s Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. His work for ten years at the UN’s Centre for Development Planning in New York as a Senior Economist confirmed his international credentials as well as the underlining humanitarian values which he brought to every board he sat on and every organisation he served.Members will remember him as a driving force behind the establishment of the British Lebanese Association. He was one of our ‘representatives’ in Beirut and instrumental in setting up the Scholarship Fund including the interview panel where, with his colleagues, he interviewed every one of our successful scholars in the last twenty five years. All of us at the BLA are deeply indebted to him for his contribution, his support and his kindness. We shall miss him sorely.Our sincere condolences go to his wife and his family.Sir David RichmondChairman.