Thomas Sutherland (academic)

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Thomas Sutherland
Born(1931-05-03)May 3, 1931
Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died July 22, 2016(2016-07-22) (aged 85)
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Dr Thomas Sutherland (May 3, 1931 – July 22, 2016) [1] , Dean of Agriculture at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad members near his Beirut home on June 9, 1985. [2] He was released on November 18, 1991 at the same time as Terry Waite, having been held hostage for 2,353 days. [3]

American University of Beirut university

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Born in Falkirk, Scotland on May 3, 1931, [2] Sutherland was signed as a 17-year-old by Rangers F.C. [ citation needed ] Sutherland obtained a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Glasgow, [4] and moved to the United States in the 1950s. [5] He was received a master's degree and PhD in animal breeding from Iowa State University, [6] then taught animal science at Colorado State University for 26 years. [5] He moved to Beirut in 1983 for a three-year term as dean of the faculty of agriculture and food science in the American University in Beirut. [7] Despite the assassination of University President Malcolm H. Kerr and the kidnapping of Professor Frank Reiger in 1984, and despite being warned repeatedly by the State Department to leave, Sutherland remained at the University.[ citation needed ] Two weeks after David P. Jacobsen was abducted, Sutherland was also kidnapped while using the limousine of University President Calvin Plimpton. Upon his release, Sutherland claimed that the kidnappers mistook him for Plimpton. [8]

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He was the second-longest held captive after Terry Anderson. [9] His memories of the experience were published in a book co-authored by his wife Jean, At Your Own Risk (ISBN   1555912559). He claims to have attempted suicide a number of times and to have spent a substantial amount of time in solitary confinement.[ citation needed ]

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In June 2001, the Sutherland family won a $323 million verdict in a lawsuit against the frozen assets of the government of Iran, because of evidence that Iran had directed terrorists to kidnap Americans in Lebanon. [9] [10] In accordance with Section 2002 of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Pub.L. 106–386, Sutherland and his family received $35,041,877.36 (including interest) and the lien for the rest of the original settlement is now held by the US Government.

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Sutherland died on July 22, 2016 in Fort Collins, Colorado, aged 85. [1]

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  10. Sutherland v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 151 F.Supp.2d 27 (D.D.C. 2001))