Sir Dr. Naim Dangoor, CBE

Naim Eliahou Dangoor

Sir Dr. (hon) Naim Eliahou Dangoor, CBE, (April 1914 – 19 November 2015) was born in Iraq and later immigrated to London. He was the grandson of Hakham Ezra Reuben Dangoor (1848–1930) the Chief Rabbi of Baghdad from 1923 to 1926, and the founder of the first publishing company in Baghdad. As a young man Sir Naim traveled to the University of London to study engineering. So meaningful to him was this opportunity, he vowed that if he should succeed in business, he would donate money to education. In 1946 he married Renée Dangoor, the first Miss Baghdad.

In 1963, while the Dangoor family was abroad visiting England, the Ba'ath party took control of Iraq and enacted harsh decrees against the Jews. The Dangoor family was granted asylum by the British government. In London, Naim Dangoor established a property development business. Soon after settling in England, he founded a community centre for new immigrants in Kensington. He also began editing and publishing The Scribe, a journal which serves as a network for Iraqi Jews across the globe.

Sir Dr. Dangoor was a steadfast friend of Bar-Ilan University in Israel and lent his support to many of the University's ongoing programs. In addition to establishing the Dr. Naim Dangoor Program for Universal Monotheism at Bar-Ilan in 2007, Dr. Dangoor's many projects include trusts and endowments to provide food, education, and other benefits for refugees and disadvantaged communities across the globe; and funding scholarships for students in need in the UK and in Israel. Helping fellow Jews held a very dear place in his heart, especially Iraqi refugees.

Sir Naim Dangoor held multiple honorary doctorates, and in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor, thus making him the second eldest person to become a knighted Sir.