Zia-ur Rahman

Zia-ur Rahman passed away December 16, 2010 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, at the age of 48. A Williamsburg resident, Zia was originally from Pakistan. He was awarded a Bachelors Degree from Ripon College, Wisconsin and an MS and PhD from the University of Virginia. A research scientist with NASA Langley Research Center, he was a talented and award-winning inventor. Zia was previously an Associate Professor at Old Dominion University and at the College of William & Mary.

He and Katherine, his wife, met while they were both students at Ripon College. Married for 22 years, he is survived by Katherine, his sons Haroun, Kamran and Noor, brothers Masud and Anis, parents Abdul Rahman and Arifa Siddiqi and numerous other family members.

He was the team manager for his sons' soccer teams for several years and a supportive parent for all of his sons' endeavors. An excellent cook, he taught his sons to be creative with food. He welcomed a host of foster cats into his home while they healed, and cheerfully facilitated Katherine's interests and activities.

He was content with simple pleasures with his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalist Church, 3051 Ironbound Road on Sunday, January 2nd at 2 p.m..

Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.

Published in Virginia Gazette from Dec. 23, 2010 to Jan. 23, 2011