Scott Pratt, representative for the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources which supervises Belle Isle Park, presents Ed Deeb with a Distinguished Service Award for all the work he does to inspire our youth to do the most good in school and become outstanding citizens.






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  Edward Deeb Celebrates 60th Anniversary as Community Leader and Problem Solver

WARREN, MI - Ed Deeb is an active Detroit area community leader and problem solver. He was born on May 4, 1936 in Detroit and is considered a tireless patriot, peacemaker, entrepreneur, youth advocate and philanthropist to mention some of his involvement.

He was involved in numerous local, state, and national organizations. Most of his colleagues call him a peacemaker who helped resolve problems and conflicts through his various positions in civic, charitable, and professional organizations.

He was also considered a champion of small business who resisted corporate hegemony and had the ability to reconcile conflict by unifying business and government entities, entrepreneurs, residents, and clashing ethnic groups.

Once Ed was quoted as being a “peacemaker.” “I help make the peace … the only way to make the peace is to talk.” He initiated dialog which led to peace among hundreds of organizations and officials through social and industry crises during his career of 60+ years, acting as a liaison to government agencies and various communities. As chief trouble-shooter for the food industry, Mr. Deeb was involved in various crisis intervention programs. If any problems should develop between merchants and residents, he was called upon to help resolve the problems.

He was also recognized nationally by the U.S. Senate Investigations Committee for the work he did in the aftermath of the 1967 Detroit riots, documenting damage which was done to food stores. Later he worked to quell tensions between Arab and Chaldean store owners and local African American communities. “Our communities need more cheerleaders and positive individuals.”

Mr. Deeb was active and involved with numerous organizations in Michigan as well as the general community. He was influential in the revitalization of historic Eastern Market. He was the past president of The Guild at Ascension / St. John Hospital and Medical Center and serves on the board. He has served on the boards of United Way for SE Michigan, Boy Scouts, Detroit Police Cadets, American Red Cross, Dean’s Advisory Council of U-M Dearborn, Detroit Athletic Club, Belle Isle Conservancy, co-founder and board member, Detroit Police Chief’s Advisory Council, Crime Stoppers, Eastern Market Corporation, co-founder and board member and is listed in Who’s Who of America. He was also the former editor of Corp! Magazine. He was one of the founding members of the MSU School of Music Advisory Council. In addition, he was editor of the MSU Marching Band newsletter.

Mr. Deeb was also founder of the following organizations. Michigan Food and Beverage Association, Michigan Business and Professional Association. (Mr. Deeb later turned it over to Jennifer Kluge, Mr. Deeb’s daughter, and was renamed Michbusiness). Deeb also founded and was head of Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation, Metro Detroit Youth Day, Eastern Market Merchants Association, Friends of Eastern Market, president and then founder of the Women and Leadership in the Workplace Conference and Awards Program, and Scouting for the Handicapped for Boy Scouts of America, Detroit Chapter.

He also co-founded the following: Eastern Market Corporation, the Belle Isle Conservancy, Michigan State Lottery program with Sen. Gus Harrison, Arab American and Chaldean Council, Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation, and Services for Older Citizens, Grosse Pointe.

As founder and chairman, Mr. Deeb annually volunteered his time to coordinate Metro Detroit Youth Day, an event which draws more than 45,000 youngsters to Belle Isle each July for more than 39 years. President George H.W. Bush presented Mr. Deeb with the 477th Point of Light Award for his involvement and inspiration to young people.

During the Iraq-Kuwait war since several Chaldeans of Iraq reside in Detroit, Mr. Deeb was quoted as saying, “I was swamped with so many media calls that I decided to produce a video which was provided to the news media, and later to various schools.” More than 2,000 were distributed nationally for those who requested one, to minimize time on the phone.

Mr. Deeb graduated from Michigan State University in 1960, on a four-year music scholarship (clarinetist). He was also an active board member of the MSU Alumni Bands and edited its newsletter for 10 years. He later co-founded the College of Communication Arts and Sciences Alumni Association, as one of the College’s newest areas of study, and was its first president. The MSU Comm Arts building lobby and conference room are named after him.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his involvement to improve the quality of life for all, especially in community and business relations, and for inspiring young people. He received a Doctor of Law degree from the Detroit College of Business, Davenport University, and a Doctor of Humanities degree from Marygrove College. In 1998, he was the recipient of the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award. He was also inducted into the International Heritage Hall of Fame, the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, and Eastern High School Hall of Fame. In 2011, he received the National Director’s Community Leadership Award from the FBI in Washington.

Among Mr. Deeb’s additional honors included: Distinguished Warrior Award from the Detroit Urban League, the George Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism, the “Closing the Gap” Award from New Detroit, Peacemaker of the Year Award from Wayne State University, the Neal Shine Shining Light Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership by the Detroit Free Press and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, The Salvation Army’s national William Booth Award for Community Service as past president, the McQuade Distinguished Community Service Award from Ascension / St. John Hospital and Medical Center, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Michiganian of the Year Award by the Detroit News. Mr. Deeb was also co-founder of Scouting for the Handicapped and received a special award from the Boy Scouts for his efforts.

In addition, he was a delegate to the White House Conference for Small Business, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eastern Market Association, received the Blue Angel Award from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Businessman of the Year from the Arab American Chamber of Commerce, National Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Outstanding Leadership Award from the Urban League of Detroit, Eagle Award for Visionary Leadership from the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Heart of Gold Award from United Way for SE Michigan for 50 years of service, the Stewardship Award from Detroit Public Television, and the Outstanding Volunteer Award from Crime Stoppers of Michigan.

Ed, his lovely wife Joanne, and their family resided in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI, for 40 years and he was quite involved in the community there including: Board member and past president of Barnes Elementary School PTO (now Community Center), board member and past president of Parcells Middle Schools PTO, board member and past president of Grosse Pointe North High School Parents Club.

In addition, he was a board member and past president, Grosse Pointe PTA-PTO Council of Schools, past president of Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library, past president of the Grosse Pointe Library Association, co-founder and board member of Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation, a member of the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe, co-founder of Services for Older Citizens Grosse Pointe, and was featured in the Grosse Pointe News as “Pointer of Interest”.

At Michigan State University he majored in Journalism and Advertising. Deeb is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. Presently, he is a resident of Bloomfield Twp. (formerly of Grosse Pointe Shores). He and his wife, Joanne, have two grown children and five grandchildren. A native Detroiter, he is a graduate of Eastern High School (renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School). The High School presented Mr. Deeb with a Distinguished Service Award for his involvement. He is also a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

In addition, in 2018, the Dept. of Natural Resources in the State of Michigan named one of the streets on Belle Isle after him. The street is called Edward Deeb Ave. Mr. Deeb was also honored by Oakland County, the City of Warren, Wayne County, the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan.

Mr. Deeb and his wife Joanne have been married for 55 years. His children are George (Sarah) Deeb, grandchildren, Natalie, Charles, and Jack, reside in North Carolina, and his daughter Jennifer (Deeb) Kluge, (Michael), and grandchildren, Lindsay and Max reside in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI.





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