Albert E. Hazbun passed away at his home in El Dorado Hills, California on the morning of November 13, 2012. His passing comes after nearly a year of battling against leukemia. Albert was an active member of the El Dorado Hills community since he relocated to California in the late 1980s after living many years in Europe and the Middle East. He played an active part in the expansion of the community through his work with the local water agency, the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID), as well as with local developers and planners. He was also an active member of Holy Trinity Church. He saw several of his grandchildren baptized at the Church and donated much of his personal library about the history and condition of the Christians of Palestine to the Church School. As a member of the Four Seasons community, he took special pride in contributing to the neighborhood's community garden project. Albert Hazbun was born in Ramleh, Palestine on January 10, 1935 into one of Bethlehem's Catholic families. The fifth of six children, he lived his early years in Palestine and Amman, Jordan where his father worked. After attending kindergarten in the same class as the future King of Jordan, Hussein Bin Talal, he was educated at the College Des Freres in Jerusalem. In 1947, with the onset of the Arab-Israeli conflict, he returned to Amman to attend Terra Sancta College where he graduated in 1953. Thanks to a scholarship funded by the United States government, Albert earned a BA in Civil Engineering in 1959 from the American University of Beirut (AUB), where his son now serves as a professor of international politics. In Beirut he took part in Arab Nationalist politics during a critical era for the region (which nearly cost him his place in college), served as Editor-in-Chief of AUB's student newspaper OUTLOOK, and met his future wife Lily Mansour, who had relocated from Jerusalem with her family in 1948. He came to the United States in 1959 to take up a job at the Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco and to follow Lily, who had moved to Los Angeles with her family the previous year. He would soon move to Kaiser Engineers based in Oakland, California. While living in the Bay Area, Albert and Lily gave birth to their three children Randa (1962), Maya (1965), and Waleed (1968). While working at Kaiser, Albert gained considerable international experience working in Europe and Latin America and spent nearly two years in Sao Pablo, Brazil with his family. In the late 1970s, Albert connected with college-era friends and relocated the family to Paris, France in large part to give his children the experiences of living and traveling abroad. Three years later he joined the large Palestinian-owned firm, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), based in Athens, Greece. He served as General Manager for operations in Saudi Arabia and Iraq and traveled extensively across the Middle East and parts of Europe and Asia for his work. In the late 1980s, after his children had returned to California to finish their schooling, Albert and Lily returned to Northern California. They soon relocated to El Dorado Hills where Lily's brother Tony was developing commercial and residential real estate projects. Albert would continue to serve as a consultant to these and other projects in the community. In both his professional capacity but also as a community volunteer he actively participated in assisting the growth of the El Dorado Hills community by working in the area of water management planning and guiding the introduction of an innovative reclaimed water system in the area. Albert had a lifelong interest in the history of the Christian communities of Palestine as well as a more general interest in the history and politics of Palestine and the Arab world. Following his college-era experience as a newspaper editor he would continue to take an interest in news coverage of the Middle East in the American media. He had letters to the editor published in a range of outlets including the International Herald Tribune, Engineering News Record, and the National Catholic Reporter and was frequently asked to publish his commentary in the Mountain Democrat (Placerville, California). Throughout his life he enjoyed speaking to schools, churches, and community groups. He took a special interest in speaking about the difficult experiences of the Christian Palestinians and its diaspora. He played an active role in supporting the public outreach work of the Bethlehem Association and Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, where he served as Chair of the Northwest Lieutenancy's Holy Land Educational Committee. In both his personal capacity as well as working with the these groups he helped support scholarships and internship opportunities for students to Bethlehem University as well as the American University of Beirut. Since his first return to Palestine in 1997, he visited the Holy Land several times, often as a member of a pilgrimage group organized by the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher. More recently, he was instrumental in supporting the Sacramento-Bethlehem sister cities project. He is survived by Lily, his wife of over 50 years, and his children Randa Memo of Coto De Caza, California; Maya Strawick of El Dorado Hills, California, and Waleed Hazbun of Beirut, Lebanon; as well as 5 grandchildren Kasian, Katrina, Gregory, Gianna, and Amina.