Friends and colleagues gathered to welcome Dr. Donny George  at a party SAFE organized on his arrival in the US.

The former Director of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad and former Chairman of the Iraq State Board Antiquities and Heritage Dr. Donny George left Iraq for the U.S. (Read about these circumstances in the SAFE podcast interview). Dr. George held the position of a Visiting Professor of Anthropology at State University of New York Stony Brook.

More than 20 of Dr. George’s friends and colleagues—old and new—gathered in the home of Sam and Barbara Koz Paley to give him and his wife Najat a hearty welcome. Many of the guests have worked with Dr. George in Iraq throughout their careers. Despite freezing weather, friends and colleagues enjoyed warm conversation and delicious refreshments.

At the suggestion of Barbara Koz Paley, guests presented Dr. George with books to start a new library. When leaving Iraq Dr. George had to leave behind more than 800 books, which he donated to an educational institution.

The highlight of the afternoon came with the announcement that the Georges’ two elder children were then en route to join the family from Damascus.

We are grateful for the generosity of members Alyson Schultz – who underwrote the party – and the Paleys – who made their beautiful home available for the event.