2017-07-13 / Personalities

Dr. and Mrs. Abdulla Al-Azawi honored on 60th anniversary

Dr. and Mrs. Abdulla Al-Azawi Dr. and Mrs. Abdulla Al-Azawi Dr. and Mrs. Abdulla Al-Azawi were honored on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary with several events hosted or arranged by their daughter and son-in-law, Nadia and William Kelman of Duluth.

The couple was entertained at a luncheon party at Chateau Elan Resort Hotel near Atlanta on June 24. On June 26 they were invited to a picnic at Hurricane Shoals Park near Maysville. They were invited to lunch on June 27 at Golden Corral Restaurant. During this time the couple were also honored with visitors, phone calls, and congratulations that arrived at the Kelman home in Duluth, along with bouquets of flowers and gifts.

Dr. Al-Azawi and his wife, the former Jacqueline Nash, were married June 26, l957, in Miami, Oklahoma. A year prior they had met while students at the University of Southern California of Los Angeles where he received his MS in Zoology. After a year at the University of Kansas where Mrs. Al-Azawi received her BA in Geography, the couple moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where he worked toward his PhD in Entomology and she worked as a travel agent.

In l960 the couple traveled to Iraq where he joined the faculty of The University of Baghdad. During a 40-plus-year career there he held various positions that included professor, department head, organizer/ director of the UB Institute of Agriculture, Technology, and Dean of Post Graduate Studies. He also served the United Nations - UNESCO, and a two-year tour of duty at the Philippine University, Central Luzon State University (CLSU).

At CLSU, Mrs. Al-Azawi began her studies for her Masters finishing at Georgia State University with a MA Teachers in Geography. In addition she earned two additional degrees at the University of Georgia - EDS in Education and EDS in Educational Administration. In Iraq she taught English at the University of Baghdad and later became director/ principal of the Baghdad International School, a Pre-K through 12th grade English language school, serving 50 nationalities of children.

After his retirement from UB, they spent two years teaching in Tripoli, Libya, with Dr. Al-Azawi teaching at the University of Tripoli and Mrs. Al-Azawi at the International School of Tripoli in the role of vice-principal.

In Atlanta, Mrs. Al-Azawi retired from the Dekalb Technical College where she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to international people.

The couple also resides in the Tyrone community having renovated a house there.

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