Dr Josyann Abisaab, the Historian of the TITANIC, joined the ILTC.
“Dear Dr. Kahwaji, Dr. Hourani and members of the ILTC,
I am honored to join you in this noble endeavor to reclaim the history of our Titanic ancestors and compatriots and to nurture their memory.
I am humbled by the fact that of this writing, close to 20,000 people have viewed the Titanic blog started in April 2012. Interest in the Titanic stories remain very strong and hopefully ILTC can contribute to making interest amongst Lebanese and in our beloved homeland even stronger.
Thank you for your trust”.
Josyann Abisaab, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Senior Associate Attending Physician
New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th street
New York, NY 10065
In Brief Read about: The great grand daughter of Gerious Abisaab
As a child growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, Josyann Abisaab had heard the story of her great grandfather who died on the Titanic. She was also told that he was buried in Halifax, Canada. But, as the Titanic’s 100th anniversary approached, she wanted to learn more. Why was her ancestor traveling on the Titanic, who were his travel companions, how did he live his last moments, how was his body recovered, why was he buried in Halifax? Through her research and readings, supplemented by her visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 14-15, 2012, she discovered interesting stories about her great grandfather’s life and tragic death.
Recognizing the universal impact of ancestral legacy and the power of history, she elected to share her stories with interested readers. hoping to shed light not only on her family’s history, but also on the numerous struggles and hardships of Lebanese immigrants.Besides the cover story about Gerios Youssef Abi-Saab, her paternal great grandfather, Josyann Abisaab wrote stories about Al- Emir Fares Chehab, a Lebanese musician on the Titanic who perished and about Shaanineh Abi-Saab, her great grandfather’s cousin, who survived. She also wrote about her emotional visit to Mount Olivet Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia where her great grandfather is buried and about the Halifax-Titanic connection as well as about the Titanic Centennial commemoration event in Halifax on April 14-15, 2012.
Titanic International Society, April 2012-Present
International Lebanese Titanic Committee, April 2013