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In Memoriam: August 2011

Published: August 15, 2011

Former CSULB Center of International Education Dean Maurice Harari, 88, passed away on June 20 in Palo Alto. Born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1923, Harari came to the United States in 1946 to study at Columbia University in New York City. He had previously spent six years of service in the British Royal Air Force during World War II. At Columbia, he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in political science and international relations.

His distinguished career included academic teaching positions at Columbia, Dartmouth, Hunter, CSULB, and Kyung Hee University in South Korea. He served as a program executive in the Ford Foundation Division of International Training and Research, executive vice president and director of studies at Education and World Affairs, executive director of the Overseas Education Service, vice president for international programs of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and secretary general of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). Harari was knighted in 1984 by the Republic of France as Chevalier des Palmes Academiques and was an active member of the Council of Foreign Relations, to which he was elected in 1964.

Throughout his career, his primary focus involved internationalization of higher education curricula and issues of international conflict and peace. With a passion for dialog across cultures, Harari and his wife, Carol, were very well traveled internationally. As secretary general of IAUP, Harari had the opportunity to visit and work with numerous universities in a global context. He was a very congenial and thoughtful individual, always open to discussion on topics of mutual interest. Fluent or conversant in many languages, he embodied the spirit of international education.

Harari is survived by his wife of 55 years, three sons—Steven and his wife, Cathy, of Loomis, Calif.; Paul and his wife, Sarah, of Madison, Wis.; and Jim of San Jose—and six grandchildren.