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Albert Frederick William Habeeb

November 3, 1914 August 5, 2018
Albert Frederick William Habeeb
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Albert Frederick William Habeeb M.D. died August 5, 2018.

The doctor was a board certified (1963) Ophthalmologist practicing in the New Orleans area until his retirement in Dec 1982. He was a graduate of Tulane School of Medicine and attained clinical professor status teaching surgical eye technique at Tulane and The Eye Ear Nose and Throat Hospital.

He was born in Arnott Ogden Hospital, third November 1914, Elmira, NY. At the age of four he moved to Mississippi when his family moved South. He was graduated at Vicksburg's Carr Central High School and Mississippi College where he acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, and an athletic numeral sweater during his freshman year, followed during his sophomore and junior years as cheerleader. Volunteering in the Army Medical Reserves his senior year at Tulane, and after his internship at Southern Baptist Hospital, he spent over four years active duty in military service during WW II and attained the rank of Major and Flight Surgeon with the U.S. Air Force, having foreign duty in China, Burma, India theater. During the Korean conflict he served in 1950-51 with the Louisiana National Guard.

His post-graduate education in Ophthalmology was completed with the help of a scholarship award from The Gulf States Eye Surgical Foundation, and he began his private practice and teaching in 1949. He maintained membership in professional medical organizations and officer ships at The Metairie General and Eye Ear Nose and Throat Hospitals. For over thirty-five years he served non-compensated as medical officer with the draft board, and at least an equal time as Ophthalmologist medical advisor to the Hearing and Appeal Board, Social Security System.

He displayed an active interest in the environment and out of doors by having an ordinance passed by the Jefferson Parish Council in 1989 and planted 190 trees at the Bonnabel Boat Launch Park. He enjoyed his activity as a member and Past President of the George Washington Chapter and The Louisiana Society of The Sons of the American Revolution. His memberships in The Rotary Club of Metairie, The New Orleans Power Squadron and The Free and Accepted Masonic Order exceeded seventy years. His hobbies included gardening, fishing and boating, hunting, including big game, photography and genealogy.

Dr. Habeeb was married to Dorothy Malinda Van Lue, who predeceased him in 1992, and they have two daughters Patricia Ann Habeeb (Mrs. Paul) Muehlemann, Jr. and Susan Melinda Habeeb Leavines (Mrs. Rodney) Harris, one grandson Christopher Frederick Leavines, and one great grandson Issac Elias Leavines who survive him. He is also survived by his brother Edward Lee Habeeb’s wife Mary Christine Bogue of Vicksburg, MS, and her daughters Linda Lee Habeeb (Mrs. Henry Theodore) Thill and daughter, Anna, of Glen Allen, VA, and Paula Christine Habeeb (Mrs. Lawrence Edward) Wall and son Bryson, of Birmingham, AL one sister, Florence Edna Habeeb Cordell-Reeh of New Orleans LA and daughter Danica Cordell-Reeh Owsley, and two twin children, Camille and Cordell. He was predeceased by one sister Helen Katherine Habeeb George (Mrs. Kenneth) Robinson, and her two surviving sons Peter Michael and Kenneth George of New Orleans and Lake Ariel, PA. and their children. He is also predeceased by three brothers Paul Nicholas, Habeeb Michael, III and Edward Lee Habeeb and his parents Habeeb Michael Elias Habeeb and Lena Esther Keene whose burial site is in Greenwood Cemetery, Vicksburg.

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