Celebrating HRH Prince Raad Bin Zeid

On January 10, 2018 a celebration was held at ACOR to honor HRH Prince Raad Bin Zeid and to inaugurate a year of events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ACOR.  We share below some of our favorite photos from that evening.

HRH Prince Raad has been First Vice President of the ACOR Board of Trustees since 1988. Under his patronage ACOR has grown from modest beginnings to an established American research center located in a six-story purpose-built building near the University of Jordan.  Prince Raad has played an important role in supporting the development of ACOR in Jordan.

At a meeting of the Jordanian members of the ACOR Board of Trustees on January 9, 2018, HRH Prince Raad formally announced that he would step down from active leadership of ACOR and retire. He remarked “I am taking this step after spending well over 40 years of my life in the most exhilarating, thrilling, and unforgettable archaeological involvement with ACOR.”

The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) recognized his long service to ACOR and awarded the W.F. Albright Service Award to HRH Prince Raad Bin Zeid in November 2017 during the ASOR Annual Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts.

First HRH Prince Raad and then ACOR Board President Randolph B. Old spoke at the dinner. They reminisced about the years that they have been affiliated with ACOR and remembered many of the influential people from ACOR’s history who were not there than evening and were much missed.

HRH Prince Raad speaking about his time on ACOR's Board

The ACOR Library was transformed for the evening into a venue for a seated dinner for 65 guests.  The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts catered the dinner for ACOR and their students did a wonderful job serving the guests. Omar Zumot was a generous sponsor of the event. Staff from Shams Design decorated the ACOR lobby and library using seasonal foliage, locally sourced flowers, and heritage items.

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