A year since their last visit (see previous blog post), a new group of students from the Lebanon Evangelical School made the journey to Archive Services to learn more about our connections with Lebanon – and have a quick behind-the-scenes tour.
In addition to the graduation signature of James Bowen Thompson (MD CM 1836) who married the eventual founder of their school in 1860, Elizabeth Maria Lloyd, we also displayed other alumni with connections to Lebanon:
Lydia Ida Huber Torrance Allen (née Torrance) graduated MB ChB from the University in 1918 and MD in 1923. Although born in Tiberias, modern day Israel, where her father, David Watt Torrance, a physician, had established a missionary hospital, Lydia received her early education in Beirut. Perhaps at one of schools established by Elizabeth Bowen-Thompson, who was the first to establish schools for females in the region – perhaps Lebanon Evangelical School in Tyre?
One of the earliest Lebanese students – who coincidentally came from the same part of Beirut as the visiting headmaster, Mr Ziad El Helou – was Munib Emir El Ghurayib. He enrolled at the University in 1915 for two years to study an Arts course, and went on to teach Arabic at Kingsmead, Birmingham, a training institution of the Friends’ Foreign Mission Association.
We hope the students enjoyed their visit, and one day we may be able to add one or two of them to our International Story website on Lebanon!
Our thanks again to to Mr Ziad El Helou and Andrea Smith of the Lebanon Evangelical School, who contacted us to arrange the visit.