John Stone wrote a tribute to Age of Autism contributor F. Edward Yazbak, following his death on Cape Cod in Massachusetts at age 89. In addition to sharing his writing for the blog, Dr. Yazbak used to drop us an email from time to time, and I remember feeling the old fashioned compassion we used to expect from pediatricians. Now, long gone. A sad time, when the doctors who truly put our kids' best interests first are leaving us. Our condolences to his family. John's tribute follows the published obituary which read:
Dr. Fouad Edward Yazbak, 89, of West Falmouth, MA, passed away peacefully on April 8th, 2021, joining his cherished wife of 61 years, Maureen (Moynahan) Yazbak who passed way 17 months earlier.
Born in Damanhour, Egypt, he was the son of Dr. Edouard and Eugenie (Farazli) Yazbak and brother to Yvonne and Margaret and brother-in-law to Lawrence (all who predeceased him).
Dr. Yazbak arrived in America in 1957 with his medical degree, $62 and four family photos to join the staff of St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City as an intern. Two weeks later he met Maureen who was completing her nursing education at St. Claire’s. It was love at first sight and they married 6 months later. In 1959, he joined the faculty of Brown University’s Institute of Health Sciences as Pediatric Director of the Child Development Study and Assistant Clinical Director for infectious diseases at Charles V. Chapin Hospital in Providence RI. Dr. and Mrs. Yazbak subsequently began a pediatric practice in Cumberland RI in 1963 from which he retired in 1997. Dr. Yazbak was a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and past president of the staff of Woonsocket Hospital. He was a school physician in Northern Rhode Island for 34 years in service to his community. A proud and grateful naturalized American, he helped several doctors immigrate to America.
Dr. Yazbak was known for his expertise, availability and work ethic. He was the last breed of doctor to make house calls. Patients routinely visited the Yazbak home, only to be invited to stay for dinner. An avid fisherman and boater, he spent many summer Saturday afternoons fishing with family and friends in Narragansett Bay and off Pt. Judith. Later, Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound became his favorite spots. When his children were younger and his pediatric practice busy, Maureen ensured he got breaks during the winter by organizing family winter weekends in New Hampshire.
After retirement, Dr. Yazbak returned to medical research and writing and worked to add Italian to his Arabic, English and French. He was happiest with a house full of loved ones. He loved gathering family and friends around a table for large meals featuring great food and wonderful stories.
He is survived by four children and their spouses: Edward (Donna), Eugene (Barbara), Dr. Philip (Darlene) and Kathleen (Stephen). He was the proud grandfather of fifteen: Kacia (Daniel), Bryanna (Sean), Edward, Amy (Christopher), Katrina (Adam), Eleanor, Philip, Joseph Fouad, Dr. Abigail, Andrew, Matthew, Theo, Lucas, Roddy and Louis. He was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren: Conrad, Gunnar, Zavier, Wyatt, Kyrie, Caleb and Savannah. He was predeceased by one grandchild, Bartley.
Fouad’s sister, Margaret (Lawrence) had two sons and their families adored their Uncle Fou: Roger, Susan and India Ison and Bryan and Joellen Ison.
In addition to his family, Fouad and Maureen cherished their many close friendships which spanned decades and the globe. Friends became family: for example, Dr. Patrick Levesque was like a brother to Fouad. Mrs. Andree Levesque and her son Charles were by his side in his final moments.
F. Edward Yazbak “possessed all the virtues, integrity, courage compassion, diligence, discrimination and patience that made him a great scientist, physician and healer,” said Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
By John Stone
Vaccine safety advocates paid tribute this week to F. Edward Yazbak, a retired pediatrician and outspoken critic of the vaccine lobby, who died April 8 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Yazbak, known to friends as “Fou” after his Arabic forename Fouad, was 89.
Children’s Health Defense (CHD) President Mary Holland called Yazbak’s death “a terrible” loss. “Ed was an early and important doctor speaking out against the perils and excesses of the vaccine program,” Holland said.
CHD Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., said he relied on Yazbak’s “clarity and judgment” for almost two decades. “Ed possessed all the virtues, integrity, courage compassion, diligence, discrimination and patience that made him a great scientist, physician and healer,” Kennedy said.
Yazbak wrote extensively on vaccine safety, especially as related to the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and thimerosal. His collected writings on these issues are essential reading for anyone trying understand the history our era — not least because their often idiosyncratic charm reminds us that we were dealing above all with human events hidden behind absurd and brutalitarian institutional claims. Read more here.