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PARVANE N. KEITH

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KEITH PARVANE NOURI KEITH 1928 - 2013 Parvane Nouri was born in Tehran, Iran in 1928, the youngest of four sisters. In her youth she was well-known for scholastic aptitude and her beauty and married Dr. Cyrus Ossanlou, a renowned Iranian Plastic Surgeon. They moved to New York, where a son, John, was born. There she helped found the Iranian-American Society and was the first woman to be employed by the State Department to work with educational films in the Iranian language. When the marriage ended, Pari returned to Iran where she joined the Iranian Red Cross and became one of the first advocates for Women's Rights. She was editor and publisher of the first Iranian women's magazine and also had a weekly Radio-Tehran program devoted to child-care and related issues. She became a member of the Women's International Alliance, which took her to Sweden, Denmark and England, where she met many dignitaries. In 1956 in Tehran she met and fell in love with Chuck (Ernest) Keith, who was serving in the US Corps of Engineers. They married in 1957 and moved to the US where Chuck joined NASA and was an integral part of the early space missions. They later moved to the DC area and Pari continued her active life-style, advancing her education at Georgetown University. She became a member of many women's organizations including "Welcome to Washington", where she became the liaison between the club and the embassies, and where she helped conceive the "Peace Quilt", a huge quilt that encompassed the flags of every nation and which hangs to this day in Welcome to Washington's Headquarters. She was a tireless advocate for World Peace, which was very dear to her. In her later years she liked nothing better than to be with her children and especially her five grandchildren, all of whom she adored. Chuck passed away in 2008, and Parvane joined him on his birthday, August 29, 2013. Parvane is survived by her son John Ossanlou and his daughter Nina, her son Dr. Dana Keith DDS, his wife Patty and their children Carla and Sam, and by her daughter, Roya Delaney, her husband Steve and their children, Tara and James. A Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 1 p.m. at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD.A Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 1 p.m. at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD.

Published in The Washington Post from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5, 2013
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