Nameer Ali Jawdat, 85, who was an editor, writer and lecturer after leaving his native Iraq, died Feb. 9 at Eden Homes’ Ipswich assisted-living facility in Bethesda.
He had pneumonia after a series of strokes, his wife, Jean Fritter Jawdat, said.
Mr. Jawdat was born in Baghdad and came to Washington in 1942, when his father was named Iraqi ambassador to the United States. His father also was a three-time prime minister of Iraq.
Mr. Jawdat graduated in 1945 from the private Landon School in Bethesda and attended Harvard University and Bowdoin College in Maine.
In 1949, he returned to Iraq, where he was a farmer and firearms dealer. One of his closest friends was Iraq’s King Faisal II, who was assassinated in a coup in 1958.
Soon after the coup, Mr. Jawdat left Iraq for Beirut. He later lived in Geneva and Vienna and worked as an editor of publications for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries from 1962 to 1968.
Mr. Jawdat, who spoke seven languages, lived in Rome before settling in Bethesda in 1981. He wrote and lectured on firearms and issues related to the Middle East, and was a member of several organizations related to Middle Eastern concerns.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Jean Fritter Jawdat of Bethesda; two children, Faisal Nameer Jawdat of California and May Nameer Jawdat of Washington; a brother, Nizar Ali Jawdat of Washington; and a sister, Selwa Pachachi of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
— Matt Schudel