Via Basel: Why We Give

Photo courtesy of Faith Decker for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

I am humbled and honored but mostly proud of my wonderful and generous daughter Mandy as we are both featured in this SAIC article linked below. She will truly carry the torch forward as we commemorate her mom’s and brother’s legacy and help young and aspiring artists at the same time. I am also grateful for the support of her sister Sue and husband Thomas. I hope that each and every one of you will be inspired to help and donate to wherever your passion lies in some worthy cause or need. Thanks.

“Why I Give” in the School of the Art Institute Magazine


Basel Al-Aswad, father of EIL founder Christopher Al-Aswad, is a yogi trapped in an Orthopedic Surgeon’s body. His loves in life include reading, writing, hiking, enjoying nature, meditation, and spending time with his large Iraqi family, and now, semi-retired, he is exploring new avenues in medicine, education, and social engagement.

Rosalind & Christopher Al-Aswad Memorial Scholarhip Recipient

A Look Back at Rosalind Al-Aswad’s Memorial Exhibition at SAIC




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