June 18 2021
Obituary It is with great sadness that the family of Amine Bichara Maalouf announces his passing surrounded by his loved ones on June 18, 2021. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt on August 11, 1928 to Bichara Diab Maalouf and Marie Bardawil Maalouf. He passed his first 35 years in Alexandria; and attended school at St. Mark’s College and then the University Of Alexandria where he earned his Medical Degree in 1954. He worked at the El Miri and Italian Hospitals in Alexandria as a General Surgeon. In his childhood he enjoyed raising pigeons and biking. He also met the love of his life Renee Ashba the sister of his best friend the late Dr. Jean K. Ashba. Soon after his marriage he made plans to emigrate to the US. He volunteered for the World Health Organization in Belgian, Congo which is now Zaire. There he served as Medical Officer in the village of Fataki where he practiced Surgery and Medicine, trained nurses, started community gardening, and also raised his young family. Leaving Fataki in 1964 with his family made their way to the US as refugees settling in Fall River where he restarted his medical career as an intern at Union Hospital (now Charlton Memorial Hospital). Then transferring to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence RI where he began training in the field he loved the most: Orthopedic Surgery. As a resident he did research on the Functional Anatomy of the Knee which he presented to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) conference in 1968 and was also Board Certified. By 1969 Amine and his family moved back to Fall River where he joined the Orthopedic Practice of the late Dr. Arthur K. Smith. Together they established the Orthopedic Associates of Fall River. Both he and Dr. Smith were the first surgeons to perform total joint replacements in Fall River. He was instrumental in starting a rehabilitation center in 1990 for post-surgical care. He was Chief of Orthopedics at the former St. Anne’s and Charlton Memorial Hospitals, a founding member of Hanover Medical Associates, a member of the AAOS and American Medical Association, New England Orthopedic Society and Bristol County Medical Society. Deeply committed to his community, he was an active member and fundraiser of St. Anthony of the Desert Church, and the BCC Foundation. He was also actively involved with the Fall River Chamber of Commerce, St Anne’s Cancer Center, The Fall River Conservation Commission and The Marine Museum. He was a communicant at Holy Name Church and a parishioner at St. Anthony of the Desert Church. In 1993 Dr. Maalouf retired from practice but continued to live in Fall River. He took Carpentry classes at Diman Regional Vocation High School, pursued a degree in Botany at UMASS Dartmouth, and volunteered at the Veteran’s Home Master Gardening Program in Bristol, RI. He built his own greenhouse, garden, woodshop and labored in them with love. He continued to stay active in the BCC foundation and started a scholarship for nursing students as well. A man of many interests, he also travelled extensively and spoke five languages. Despite all his career achievements, running a busy practice, and community involvement the family was always the center of his life. Dr. Maalouf is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, his daughter Karine Kaleshian MD and her husband Joseph Kaleshian ME with their children Gregory and Ani of Burlington, Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Tewfik Maalouf of Milano Italy, Salwa MacGechan of London England and Suzanne Naggiar of Fall River. A lover of nature, a sincere friend, who always encouraged other to achieve their best. He was a dedicated medical practitioner respected by patients and colleagues for his kindness and generosity. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sorely missed. The family would like to extend sincere gratitude to the staff of Master Peace Home Care and South Coast VNA. Visiting Hours are Wednesday June 23rd from 5 to 8 pm at Hathaway Home for Funerals, 1813 Robeson Street, Fall River. His Devine Liturgy will be held on Thursday, June 24th at 11 am in St. Anthony Of The Desert Church at 300 N Eastern Ave., Fall River. Relatives and friends are invited to attend DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Fall River. Memorial contributions in his honor can be made to St. Anthony Of The Desert Church or the BCC Foundation. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Amine B. Maalouf, MD, please visit our floral store.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Amine B Maalouf MD June 18 2021.
Death notice for the town of: Attleboro, state: Massachusetts