Hassan al-Quwatli, son of President Shukri al-Quwatli, Dies in Saudi Arabia

Hassan al-Quwatli, the oldest son of Syrian President Shukri al-Quwatli [1943-1949, 1955-1958] died in Saudi Arabia today.

I wrote to Sami Moubayed to get a obituary. This is the note Sami sent:

I welcomed this year's Eid with sad news, being the death of Mr. Hassan al-Quwatli, the eldest son of former President Shukri al-Quwatli, who passed away in Saudi Arabia. I am currently in the process of writing the scrip for an upcoming television series about the former President, and was just at the year 1935, the birth of Hassan, after which, Shukri al-Quwatli became lovingly called "Abu Hassan." One of the ballots in the elections of 1955 was actually discounted in Parliament, because a deputy wrote "Abu Hassan" instead of "Shukri al-Quwatli." I knew Hassan al-Quwatli well from my days at AUB. A graduate of Stanford University, he grew up under the towering influence of his father, but pursued a career that was very far from politics. His father insisted that he study abroad so as not to get special treatment, being the son of the President. He studied, if I am not mistaken (although I am not sure) petroleum engineering. He was married to his cousin from the Dalati family. His son Shukri died young, less than 20-years old. He has two other children, Adel and Aisha, who also went to AUB. He was always ready to help young researchers and academics who were studying the era of his father, and the politics of the National Bloc. The last time I saw him was at a memorial for Syria's late poet Nizar Qabbani, held at ESCWA in Beirut. He was very proud—almost with watery eyes—that young Lebanese students had liberated the town of Arnoun from Israel in 1999. Nine days earlier, Arnoun had been sealed off with barbed wire by Israeli troops and incorporated into occupation territory. The students stormed through the barricades, chanting patriotic songs and singing the national anthem. Ignoring the signs warning of mines, 2,000 students, with their bare hands, removed the barbed wire. They then raised the Lebanese Flag and danced with villagers on rooftops. Hassan al-Quwatli, who grew up with strong Arabist views, remained an Arab nationalist until the last moment. He loved Syria and adored Damascus. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Shukri al-QuwatliBest, Sami

Comments (6)

Wassim said:

They don’t make them like they used to. RIP

December 20th, 2007, 8:50 am


Innocent_Criminal said:

such a shame. His son Adel is a friend of mine and a few weeks ago when i was in Riyadh he told me about his father’s deteriorated condition. Mr. Hassan had contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) earlier in the year.

December 20th, 2007, 9:51 am


Yazan said:

May he rest in peace.

December 20th, 2007, 1:38 pm


Global Voices Online » Syria: Hassan Al Quwatli RIP said:

[…] Hassan al-Quwatli, the oldest son of Syrian President Shukri al-Quwatli [1943-1949, 1955-1958] has died in Saudi Arabia. Syria Comment has an obituary here. Share This […]

December 20th, 2007, 5:00 pm


trustquest said:

Did the regime even mention his death or respected his father’s death? No,
But still they replaced old names of every famous and historical building with the name of the president brother Basel, who died when he was in his early 20s. What a shame?

December 21st, 2007, 1:10 am


Global Voices بالعربية » الأرشيف » سوريا: حسن القوتلي رحمه الله said:

[…] حسن القوتلي, نجل الرئيس السوري السابق شكري القوتلي [1943-1949, 1955-1958] توفي في المملكة العربية السعودية. مدونة Syria Comment تنشر نعيه هنا [انكليزي]. […]

December 22nd, 2007, 8:29 pm


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