Setting an Example is a first-person story, in the words of a Concordia donor, on the importance of supporting higher education.
The world lost a passionate humanitarian with the biggest heart in the summer of 2021 — a devoted husband with a timeless love story, an incredible father with the deepest affection for his two daughters. Our dearest dad (“baba” in Arabic), Ruchdi Al-Safadi, passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, on June 8, in the comfort of his own home.
Baba was a force majeure of life, radiating with charisma and integrity. When he set his mind on something, there was no stopping him. He lived each day of his life trying to make the world a better place and to teach me and my sister, Aya, how to face life’s ups and downs head-on. His impact was far-reaching — from his own family to his community and beyond.
Philanthropy, to our father, was giving himself to whatever came his way. We grew up watching him embody random acts of kindness every day. He led fundraising efforts to support families across the Middle East in need of critical medical care for their loved ones, especially during times of war.