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Najeeb Elias Halaby ( ; September 19/November 19 1915 - July 2 2003) was a USmarker businessman, government official, and the father of Queen Noor of Jordanmarker.

Early life and ancestry

Halaby was born in Dallasmarker, Texasmarker. His father was Najeeb Elias Halaby, who emigrated to the United Statesmarker from Syriamarker in the 1890s. He worked as an importer and later an oil broker. In the mid-1920s, Halaby opened Halaby Galleries, a rug boutique and interior-decorating shop, at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas, and ran it with his wife. Halaby died shortly afterward, and his estate was unable to continue the new enterprise.

His mother was the former Laura Wilkins. Following her husband's death, she married Urban B. Koen, but they ultimately divorced. She was a daughter of John T. Wilkins, who served in the 7th Tennessee Cavalry during the American Civil War.


He was a graduate of The Leelanau School, a boarding school in Glen Arbor Townshipmarker Leelanau Countymarker, Michiganmarker, and is enshrined in that school's Hall of Fame. An alumnus of Stanford Universitymarker (1937) and Yale Law School (1940), he served as a Navy test pilot in World War II.

After the war he served as the State Department's civil aviation advisor to King Ibn Saud Abdul Aziz, helping the king develop Saudi Arabian Airlines. Next he worked as an aid to Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in the late 1940's, then helped Paul Nitze write NSC 68.

He joined Laurance Rockefeller's family office in 1953 reviewing investments in civil aviation.

From 1961 to 1965, he served as the second Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Halaby was a proponent for the creation of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which occurred during his time in the Lyndon Johnson administration. From 1969 to 1972, he served as CEO, and chairman after 1970, of Pan Am. As Pan Am Chairman, he was present at the christening of the first Boeing 747 aircraft.

Marriage and issue

He was married three times, first in Washington, D.C.marker, on December 24, 1945 to Doris Carlquist, whom he divorced in 1977. They had three children: daughter Lisa Halaby, who would ultimately become Queen Consort of Jordanmarker; son Christian, now a composer and guitarist; and daughter Alexa, a University of Pennsylvaniamarker squash champion who was a bridesmaid at the 1986 wedding of Maria Owings Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He was married to the former Jane Allison Coates from 1980 until her death in 1996. From 1997 until his death at age 87, he was married to the former Libby Anderson Cater.


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