The University of Hartford community is saddened to learn of the passing of Faisal Y. Al-Marzook ’67 in Kuwait on Wednesday, May 30 after a two year illness. He was the University Distinguished Alumni of the Year in 1980, was elected an Honorary Regent in 1983, and as a Life Regent in 1993.
As chairman and chief executive officer of Al-Marzook United Commercial Company, Al-Marzook was an international businessman, banker, and investor. He was also a former editor of Al-Anba newspaper in Kuwait, Vice President of Kuwait Cricket, director –general of Kuwait Real Estate Company and chairman of Kuwait Shipbuilding and Repairing Company. He was held captive for several months during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and praised for a prominent role in the Kuwaiti resistance.
Al-Marzook was the major donor for Yousuf Al-Marzook Field, the University’s soccer and lacrosse venue that was dedicated in October, 1977 to the memory of his father. The field was re-furbished and re-dedicated in September, 2008 when Alumni Stadium also was named.
During that re-dedication ceremony, Mohammed Hamad Al-Ghanim, nephew of Al-Marzook, spoke about what the University of Hartford has meant to Al-Marzook and his family over the years. "When my uncle came here to the University, he was probably one of the first students from the Middle East to come here," Al-Ghanim said. "He believes that he was given opportunities here that he could never have received anywhere else. For 40 years the University of Hartford has been part of our family."
Our sincere condolences to his family, classmates, and friends.