The Rev. Dr. Albert Isteero Farag passed away at El Salaam Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. He was born March 16, 1930, in Port Said, Egypt, and was the seventh of nine children of Isteero and Irada Kaldus Farag.

After completing secondary school in Port Said, he studied engineering at Cairo University School of Engineering but was called to the ministry and graduated from Cairo Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1956. His further graduate studies were at Hartford Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, San Francisco Theological Seminary and at Johns Hopkins University where he received a Masters and a Ph.D in Semitic Languages. He was fluent in Arabic, English and French and had working knowledge of Hebrew, German, Greek, Syriac and Ugaritic from his studies, translation and publishing work.

His entire life was devoted to serving God wherever he was. In Egypt, he served as Pastor of the Evangelical Church in Ismailia and was also a professor and school principal there. Albert was passionate about education and it was a graduate fellowship that brought him to the United States in 1960 to Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Conn., where he taught Arabic and earned his bachelor’s in theological studies and master’s in Christian education. It was also there that he met his wife Jean.

After Hartford, he became assistant general secretary of the Bible Society in Egypt, served as elected general secretary of the Near East Council in Beirut, Lebanon, and elected general secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches. From 1985-1989 he was president of Cairo Evangelical Seminary and professor of Biblical Literature. He had several elected positions in the Synod of the Nile and served on a panel of elder ministers. Wherever he lived, he served for 24 years as editor, Arabic Edition of the Upper Room Devotional Magazine, and wrote many articles in religious periodicals in Egypt and overseas. His major project was the translation into Arabic of the illustrated Children’s Bible, now in its sixth edition and distributed worldwide. He was also active as a liaison for the All Nations Convocation, which was an international ecumenical meeting held each year in Jerusalem.

Albert never completely retired but in his free time loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and extended family, enjoyed watching soccer games, fishing, and was always very interested in current events, international relations and any opportunities to discuss religion.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Jean Cushman Woodbury; his three daughters: Susanne Isteero, Belfast, Christine Isteero, Baltimore, Md., and Alexandra Reeves (Jack), Winnabow, N.C.; 10 grandchildren: Yousef, Noura, Fouad, Alaa, Laila, Zahraa and Zain Al-Matrouk and Benjamin, Nicholas and Samuel Reeves; his youngest brother : Shoukry Isteero Farag, Port Said, Egypt; and a large extended family in Egypt, Canada and the United States.

A celebration of his life will be held at a future time. Those who wish may make donations in Albert’s memory to Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.