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  • 07/02/2017 10:54 AM | Engy Rabie (Administrator)

    The CAC alumni community is sad to learn the news of the passing of Hagop Jazmadarian (graduate, '77) on June 27, 2017.

    Memorial Services will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial on Monday July 3, 2017 at 9 a.m. For more information and details regarding the service time and location, click here. 


    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

  • 06/27/2017 3:49 PM | Engy Rabie (Administrator)

    It is with great sorrow that CAC loses one of its most dedicated supporters, Mr. Wess Tribble. Born on December 1, 1936, Mr. Tribble passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 leaving behind his wife Sandy and three children – Wesson (’79), Deidre (’81), and Tisha (‘81) and their families including six grandchildren.

    Wess, a Vietnam-era Marine officer, was a very active CAC Board Member in the mid-70s while serving as the deputy director of the USAID mission in Egypt. He was president of the Screaming Eagles Booster Club and enthusiastically supported CAC’s sports program in many ways. He officiated at our international track & field meets, raised funds for team travel, awards, and uniforms, and was a fleet-footed right fielder for the men’s softball league winning Ward Bus team. And probably most importantly he was the father to three of “CAC of the 70s era’s” fine group of young athletes who represented the school with pride and excellence. He was a great dad!

    Wess was a true patriot, a proud American, and a loyal friend to all that he met and worked with. Those who had the pleasure and honor of knowing and working with him in one of his endeavor’s will surely miss him. CAC has lost a good friend.

    Wess’ Funeral Service was held at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home at 18000 1-45 South Woodlands, Texas 77384 on Thursday June 22, 2017 at 12:00pm.


    Our sympathies go out to the Tribble family

  • 06/04/2017 3:56 PM | Byron Skaggs (Administrator)

    Dear Community members, Flavia pictured with her husband, Farouk, and daughter, Maya.

    I am sorry to have to announce the passing of Flavia Makram Ebeid. Flavia's daughter Maya graduated from CAC in 2014, and Flavia was a high-energy, high-impact supporter of CAC, a role she continued to fill even after Maya's graduation. She was active on our PTO for years, led the planning and execution of our PTO Gala, and always brought grace, style, and an infectious smile to her work. She has been the leader of Maadi's Community Services Association (CSA) for several years, leading that organization through challenging times and injecting it with her passion and love for community and support. Flavia was constantly looking to make things better so that they would be better for others. She was an amazing person.

    Flavia passed away this past weekend. She had been fighting cancer for some time. 

    Memorial services for Flavia will be held on Monday at 12:00 at the Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church, 7 El Sheikh Rihan St.


    Our sympathies go out to Flavia's family: her daughter Maya and her husband Farouk.


    Wayne Rutherford
    Head of School

  • 04/05/2017 2:09 PM | Byron Skaggs (Administrator)

    Ryan Adham Khamis was granted his angel wings on February 21, 2017, following a long illness with Bi-Polar. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Ryan had touched in some small way throughout his short, yet very memorable life.

    Ryan’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His gentle smile could melt the hearts of those around him with his voice and songs which could always be heard.

    Although Ryan’s illness he possessed strength, perseverance, and an ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. With his courage he led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. He could spend hours rocking to his favorite music. He enjoyed singing and playing his guitar, sleeping late. He loved teaching children music which would make him smile.  He spent many summers scuba diving teaching students of all ages how to scuba dive in the Red Sea, Egypt. Ryan was a dive instructor in Sharm El Sheikh South Sinai Egypt where he loved to watch the sunsets, sit and tech his student’s scuba diving.

    On December 14, 2016 Ryan accomplished a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a Major in Geology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.

    With Ryan’s passing we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him every day, especially his winning smile jokes and laughter.   He will forever remain in our hearts. Through his teachings about scuba diving, life music and songs, we were able to create wonderful memories and it has been a privilege to be his parents. We are so thankful to Ryan’s Friends whom supported him always with friendship and love and laughter.

    Ryan was always there for anyone and everyone at any time of the day or the night whom needed company, or a shoulder to cry on or a laugh.

    Ryan leaves behind many wonderful memories. Ryan was able to survive some of his toughest medical challenges. He will be dearly missed by all us, these special people, too numerous to mention, provided Ryan with love and dignity in his life and also in his death.

    Ryan is survived by his loving parents, Adham Khamis and step mother Marlie Khamis of Sharm El Sheikh, Red Sea, Egypt; his Mother Paule Denise  Rochet of Cannes la Boca, France, his Late  grandparents Ambassador from Egypt Dr. AH. Khamis and Fatima Khamis of Cairo, Egypt; Uncle Ossama Khamis of Washington DC; and Cousins Sarah and Zak Khamis.

    Ryan was buried in Bennet Colorado on February 21 2017; 30 miles from west of Denver, Colorado -RIP.

    A gathering of friends from Egypt’s Cairo American College where he attended from 2nd grade through 12 grade graduating in the class of 2006 and from friends from the University of Colorado in Boulder graduating with a Bachelor Science and a major in Geology in December 2017 and many others from all over the world that Ryan touched will be held on June 24th 2017 in Colorado for Details please contact his father Adham Khamis at:


    Skype: Adham.Khamis1

    Cell in Egypt: ++201222101604

  • 08/17/2016 2:08 PM | Sarah Shalash

    The CAC community says goodbye to beloved former teacher and longtime friend Jack Kalpakian (1936-2016). 

    Jack Kalpakian, born in Egypt of Armenian heritage, passed away at Humber River Hospital on August 6, 2016 in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Carole. Most loving father of Richard, Brenda (Sweety Pi), Iain and Elizabeth. Respected father-in-law of George, Nancy and Lee. Devoted grandfather of Julia (Little Sweety Pi), Anthony (Super A), Alexis and Aaliyah.

    Click here for a full obituary and to extend condolences. 

    Photo: Mr. Kalpakian teaching geometry at CAC in 1962-63 via http://www.wardfuneralhome.com/

  • 04/10/2016 11:45 AM | Byron Skaggs (Administrator)

    A few weeks ago, we shared the news of Sophie's untimely death. Sophie was a member of CAC's Class of 2010. Below is her obituary published in the Ithaca Journal on April 9, 2016. 

    To express your condolences, share memories, photos or video of Sophie, please visit this online page dedicated to her memory.

    Sophie Hack MacLeod, age 23, died in Ithaca, NY, on Saturday, March 26, 2016. She was on medical leave from Cornell University, and was an employee of Argos Inn in Ithaca. Sophie was born in Johannesburg on August 23, 1992. As the offspring of two American foreign correspondents, she spent her childhood living overseas, first in South Africa, then France, and eventually Egypt. She spoke French and Arabic as well as English. Her lifelong involvement in the creative arts included 15 years as a violin student in the Suzuki Method, 11 of them in the Cairo Opera House Youth Talent Development Program; she performed in many concerts in Paris, Cairo, and Ithaca, including a solo performance at the Cairo Opera House. Sophie graduated in 2010 from Cairo American College, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, performed in the school orchestra, sang in the choir, played water polo, soccer, and volleyball, and served as class vice president. At CAC, she participated in school trips to Russia, Spain, and Vietnam; she counted knitting caps for the children’s cancer hospital in Cairo as one of her most fulfilling experiences. Earlier, Sophie was an elementary and middle school student at the Lycée Français du Caire, and earned a brown belt in karate in the school’s martial arts program. In 2010, she enrolled as a Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate in Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and lived in the Risley Residential College. She excelled in artistic media from painting and drawing to photography and printing. While at Cornell Sophie’s zest for baking and her distinctive creative talent merged into a professional pursuit in the culinary arts; for one of her first sculpture assignments she created a gingerbread house in the form of an ornate mosque. She ran the dessert counter at Madelines Restaurant in Ithaca for a year and a half, and was exploring a career as a pastry chef and bakery owner after completing her degree at Cornell. She was working on a cookbook about craft cocktails provisionally entitled The Prep: Handbook of Spells, Hexes, and Poisons. Sophie also operated an online vintage clothing business, EerieVintage. With her prodigious appetite for life, Sophie enriched the lives and touched the hearts of everyone in her intersecting circles of friends and mentors in Ithaca and far beyond. She will be remembered for her fierce independence; her defense of justice and equality especially for those marginalized by society; her unwavering attachment to friends; her quirky and mischievous manner; her sweet smile and laugh; her original sense of style; her fondness for Ithaca and its vibrant restaurant scene, farmer’s market, and organic grocery stores; and her devotion to Bagel, her beloved cat. Sophie is survived by her parents, Scott MacLeod and Susan Hack, of Cairo, Egypt; her grandparents Melvin and Rosalinda Hack, of Chicago, IL; her uncle Andrew MacLeod, of St. Simon's Island, GA.; her aunt and uncle Laurie and Walter “Skip” Knoll, of Erie, PA; and her cousin Rachel Schneider, of Pittsburgh, PA. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Robert MacLeod, of Coraopolis, PA and Jeanne MacLeod, of Erie, PA. Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th Street, Erie, PA on Friday, April 15, from 6-9 p.m., and are invited to attend a service celebrating Sophie’s life at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 3856 West 10th Street, Erie, PA on Saturday, April 16, at 12 Noon. Interment will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made by check payable to the “Community Foundation of Tompkins County,” 200 East Buffalo Street, Suite 202, Ithaca, NY 14850. Contributions should be designated for the “Sophie Fund,” which will be used to support mental health services for young people in Ithaca. For more information, contact the Community Foundation at (607) 272 9333 or by email info@cftompkins.org.

  • 03/04/2015 10:15 AM | Byron Skaggs (Administrator)

    The CAC alumni community is shocked to learn the news of the tragic passing of Rodney Lutes (graduate, '79) on February 28, 2015.

    Memorial Services will be held at Cobb Funeral Home on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 1:30pm. For more information and details regarding the service time and location, click here.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

  • 01/18/2015 9:56 AM | Byron Skaggs (Administrator)

    Former CAC Board member Diane Scott (parent of alumni, '88, '90) died October 17, 2013 after a brave four- year battle with cancer.  Diane Scott and her family lived in Maadi from 1979 to early 1986.  She was elected to the Board of Directors of Cairo American College (CAC) in 1982 and served through 1984.  During her tenure in Maadi, Diane tutored non-native English speaking expatriates, many of whom went on to be admitted to CAC.

    Diane gave generously of her time to the Maadi community. She was an active member of the Maadi Women’s Guild which did fundraising for poor communities in and around Maadi.   One major event of the Guild was the annual Christmas Bazaar held on the CAC campus.  The Bazaar was a major event that raised thousands of dollars for various benevolent uses.  She was active in the Community Services Association that provided support to the expatriate community in Maadi.  Diane and her family were active in the Maadi Community Church.

    Maadi and CAC had a special place in Diane’s heart.  After returning to the U.S., she frequently reflected fondly on her time spent serving CAC and the opportunities for her to serve the Maadi community and the many friends she made during that time. While living in Egypt, Diane was able to indulge her passion for travel.  She and three other women made a motor trip to the Western Desert where they were able to meet the people of that area. She toured Israel, Jordan and Turkey with groups from the Maadi Community Church.  Her love of travel continued after her return to the U.S.  She went on to visit, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Japan, China and Tibet.

    She is greatly missed by her husband of fifty years, Jim, her daughter, Stephanie (graduate, '88), and son, Devin (graduate, '90).

  • 12/01/2014 10:12 AM | Byron Skaggs (Administrator)

    Aida Nasr was the first to work as Alumni Association Coordinator when it was first established in 1987 by former superintendent Mrs. Barbara Johnson, who was also a former teacher and high school principal prior to that. Aida attended CAC from 7th grade to graduation in 1987.

    Tribute submitted by Sherine Abdelbaki (graduate, '87)

    "Saturday Nov 8th, I lost one of my closest friends, Aida Nasr....It was sudden and shocking, but it was her time. She was always a friendly, kind-hearted soul, caring and loving of others, especially children and elderly people, and giving in the quietest and simplest of ways... very considerate and thoughtful. Aida would either have something kind to say or nothing at all. Everyone who knew her couldn't agree more. She was a reader and writer, and her career was in editing and publishing. As she was an English literature major and appreciated the written word, I could not think of anything better to use here than this quote about friendship by her favorite character, Winnie the Pooh:

    "If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together. There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you."

    She was a friend since coming to CAC in junior high school. I will miss my friend, may Allah rest her soul in peace."

  • 10/16/2014 10:06 AM | Byron Skaggs (Administrator)


    Susan Kingsbury Stevenson (nee Allen) (former student, '58-'59) died from metastatic breast cancer on August 29 in Nelson, BC, leaving behind her husband of 41 years, David Stevenson; her sons Samuel and Peter Stevenson; her grandson Effie Stevenson; and her sister Marjorie Russell. 

    As a forest wildlife biologist living in Prince George, BC, she conducted lichen growth studies that provided information for better management of caribou habitat. Her scope expanded to focus on the unique features of British Columbia’s interior temperate rain forest. In addition to working as an independent consultant both with the provincial government and with the BC logging industry, she was an adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia in the Ecosystems Science and Management program. As a consulting biologist, Susan played an instrumental role in bringing together faculty, students, industry, and other community partners in joint research and education projects. She served as a member on many graduate student advisory committees, taught in a variety of UNBC courses, and was the recent co-author of the UBC Press book British Columbia's Inland Rain-forest - Ecology, Conservation, and Management. Her work with the B.C. Association of Professional Biologists played an important role in developing standards of professional practice and introducing students to career possibilities as wildlife biologists.

    In a field largely dominated by men, Susan was able to make her voice heard by the respect she earned for the clarity of her thought and the quality of her work.

    A person who as a child loved climbing trees and escaping to forbidden nearby woods to check out the resident “critters” (as she called them), Susan relished having a career that required not only tree climbing but also participating in caribou collaring expeditions. Those trips entailed skimming the treetops in a helicopter from which her research companion would jump out and literally tackle caribou that were negotiating the deep snow as they tried to escape.

    For years she had been actively engaged in the Canadian Quaker community, most recently serving as Co-Clerk of Canadian Yearly Meeting.

    Three years ago Susan and her husband David moved from Prince George to Winlaw, a community in the beautiful West Kootenays in the southeastern part of British Columbia. There they built a straw bale house, quickly became active in the local community, and began growing much of their own produce.

    Those who have known and worked with Susan over the years will greatly miss her dry sense of humor, her patient levelheadedness, and the kind and tactful manner in which she volunteered both her knowledge and her perspectives. She will be remembered for all this and for her deep love of her family and friends, as well as for her joy in the beauty of all the life around her.

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