The New York Times

January 25, 2006

Rose Bouziane Nader, Activists' Mother, Is Dead at 99


WINSTED, Conn., Jan. 24 (AP) - Rose Bouziane Nader, a Lebanese immigrant who raised a family of civic activists including her son, the consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, died on Friday at her home here. She was 99.

The cause was congestive heart failure, Mr. Nader said.

She was born in Zahle, Lebanon, and became a high school teacher of French and Arabic. She married Nathra Nader in 1925, and moved to the United States a short time later, settling in Danbury and then in Winsted, where they raised four children. Her husband, a businessman, died in 1991.

Rose Nader was active in adult education in Connecticut. Her first son, Shafeek Nader, who died in 1986, was the principal founder of Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She was involved in Peace Action and Co-op America, and she was president of the Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest.

In addition to her son, she is survived by two daughters, Claire Nader of Washington, D.C., and Winsted, and Laura Nader of Berkeley, Calif.; a sister, Angele Bouziane Mokhiber of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.