Rashad Elias Razouk 1911-2005 Dr. Rashad Elias Razouk, a resident of Burbank, CA, died on 17 January 2005 at Providence St. Joseph Hospital. A visitation will be held at the White and Day Mortuary on Friday January 21st between 6 and 9 p.m. A service and burial will take place at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Saturday January 22nd. Dr. Razouk was born on August 22, 1911, in the city of Dumiat, Egypt, to Elias A. and Marta A. (Israfil) Razouk. He received a BSc in Chemistry with honors in 1933, an MSc in 1936 and a PhD in 1939, all from Cairo University. He was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Chemistry at Cairo University from 1939 to 1950. He held the position of Head of the Chemistry Department at Ain Shams University from 1950-1966 and was the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science from 1954-1960. He was a Professor of Chemistry at the American University in Cairo from 1966-1968. He came to the United States in 1968 where he took the position of Chemistry Professor at California State University, Los Angeles from 1968-78. He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 1978. Dr. Razouk was a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (Emeritus), and a member of the American Chemical Society (Emeritus). He recently received his sixty-year membership in the Royal Society of Chemistry. He served as President of the Rotary Club of Heliopolis in 1959 and 1960. He was active in numerous church-related activities. He is survived by his wife Henrietta Doche-Razouk; son and daughter-in-law, Reda and Laila Razouk; son and daughter-in-law, Rami Razouk and Deborah Downs; grandchildren, Trevor and Colin Downs-Razouk. Dr. Razouk was preceded in death by his wife Emily S. (Habib) ; sister Maude Bishara (mother of Nadia Hosni and Rafik Bishara); sister Nina Goubrail (mother of Magdi, Hany and Kamel Goubrail); brother Amin Razouk (father of Arline Pohlman, Tony Razouk and Marianne Schlarbaum).

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  1. The love you have for your father and he for you will stay in your heart forever. May those thoughts bring you comfort during this time. Don and Judy Rabska

  2. My wife and I have known Rashad Razouk from the time he came to Cal State LA. He and both of his wives have been among our best friends in the department over the years. Emily of course died many years ago. He and I occupied adjacent offices while he was at Cal State teaching many of the same classes. These included general chemistry, quantitative analysis, physical chemistry, and physical chemistry laboratory. The latter course is one of the most demanding and he introduced several experiments related to surface chemistry, which enriched our offering in this course. His courtesy in dealing with students served as an example for myself. During this time, I was serving as undergraduate adviser for the department and he often gave me help in interpreting transcripts from the middle east. This help was very useful to me in advising these students. When he came to us, he already was an established and distinguished surface chemist. He kept up an active research program here in this field with both graduate students and undergraduates. In addition, he was active in departmental committees. After he retired, he has kept in contact with the department coming to our annual Christmas party with Henrietta except for this past year. They would arrange transportation here, and I usually would take them back to their home where they always insisted on serving me tea and sweets. He is remembered by all of our chemistry faculty and students for the establishment of a departmental scholarship for a student in physical chemistry. It is awarded annually and is called the “Razouk Award in Physical Chemistry”. It is difficult for us to realize that he is gone and it is a terrific loss for us as of course it is for you. Richard and Phyllis Keys

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