|Lucien Dahdah, former FM,
With the passing away of Lucien Dahdah
on Sunday, Lebanon lost a former foreign minister who served in the interim military
Cabinet of Noureddine Rifai in May 1975.
Dahdah was the only civilian minister in that Cabinet that was appointed by then President
Suleiman Franjieh after the resignation of Prime Minister Rashid Solh, who was protesting
what he described as laxity by authorities in dealing with the Phalange Partys
attack on a bus of Palestinians the month before.
Born on Aug.15, 1929, Dahdah studied at the American University of Beirut (AUB), at the
Sorbonne in Paris and in several universities in England. He eventually became a professor
At the professional level, Dahdah was considered an expert in his field by the United
Nations in 1957. He chaired the board of directors of Intra Investment from 1970-76 and
then again from 1989-93. He was also a founding member of the Tele-Orient television
station and a founder of the Radio Monte-Carlo-Moyen-Orient radio station.
On the political level, Dahdah was appointed to the post of director-general of the
Reconstruction Ministry. He was awarded the Lebanese Knights Order of the Honor
Legion in 1973.
In 1976, his home in Kfour became the temporary residence of Franjieh following the
shelling of the Presidential Palace in Baabda.
Dahdah was also the president of the Lebanese Gastronomy Association. He was married twice
and had one child, Dany.
Condolences can be paid at the Dahdah family residence in Kfour on Tuesday and Wednesday,
Nov. 18 and 19.