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Twenty-one years ago, Touri Bolourchi; her husband, Akbar; and her two daughters fled Iran when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini closed the schools. As a nurse, educated in England and married to a doctor, she was determined to see her girls properly educated.

After settling in California, Mrs. Bolourchi created a home filled with exotic decorative touches, spicy Middle Eastern food, and books — in French, English, Farsi, Arabic and Italian — that she read obsessively, to herself and to her daughters, said Roya Touran, her elder daughter.

She loved cooking, especially for guests. Dishes requiring a dozen steps and two dozen ingredients did not faze her. "She would look through food and wine magazines," Mrs. Touran said, "read through a recipe and just make it for guests. She was very courageous. And it always worked out."

Mrs. Bolourchi, 69, was a practicing but easygoing Muslim, Mrs. Touran said. "She said her prayers, but she wouldn't fuss about drinking. If Dad or me or my sister wanted a drink, she'd say, "It's O.K., go ahead,' and be laughing. When there was port after dinner, she'd take a tiny sip."

Flying terrified her, but she forced herself into a plane last September to see Mrs. Touran and her grandsons in Boston.

On Sept. 11, she boarded United Airlines Flight 175 for the trip home. "She waved and said, `I'll see you at Christmastime," Mrs. Touran said. "Then she walked away."

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 15, 2001.
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October 11, 2020
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Farhad
Acquaintance
September 6, 2019
I am a student at Shanley high in Fargo ND I recently did a project on 911. For that project I learned about Touri. I wanted to let you know that I am keeping your family in my prayers.
Noah
May 3, 2019
In rememberance
November 17, 2018
Sending our continued deep sympathy. Daily may God give the help needed to cope. Touri is still sadly missed.
The Kindred Family
September 5, 2015
bella b
May 17, 2015
To the family,
Today I read the profile of Touri Bolourchi published in The New York Times of June 2002. She must have been a wonderful mother and wife.
It is so sad to lose someone like that. Thankfully we can look forward to being with our loved ones again. - (The book of Job chapter 14 verses 14,15.)
September 23, 2014
Melissa Blue
September 17, 2014
On 11 September 2014 at the Rising Moon Ranch, I participated in a drum circle of remembrance for the 9/11 victims from California. I drew Touri Bolourchi's name from the meditation bowl. She was the person to whom I focused my thoughts and prayers. I keep Touri and all her dear family in my prayers.
Carla C
September 13, 2014
May God continue to give you the comfort you need to endure. Because he cares for you. 2Peter 5:6,7.

Shirley, IL
September 11, 2014
bella beltz
May 28, 2014
I walked a mile for you (mile #298) on 5/17/14 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
September 11, 2013
To the family...My thoughts and prayers have been with you today.
Ruth Lackey
September 11, 2011
Today, I am thinking of Mrs. Touri Bolourchi and praying for God's Mercy on her and on your family. Although I never had the privilege of meeting her, I was touched by her kindness when I received an award in her name while studying at the UCLA School of Nursing in 2005. It has been 10 years since that tragic day, but the pain it leaves in all of our hearts feels like it just happened yesterday.
May God help our nation continue to heal and make humanity not fall prey ever again to such horrible circumstances.
I wish your family peace today and every day.
Hoda Shawky
February 21, 2011
may God comfort your family and that they know God has yet another beautiful angel in His beautiful kingdom. Love never dies and endures everything. RIP
Allison Howells
September 11, 2010
9-11-10
Dear Doctor Bolourchi and Family:
Our prayers and thoughts are with you this very sad day. Touri was a remarkable woman. She was always so kind to us. We will always remember her wonderful smile.
Your former neighbors.
The Greenberg's
September 10, 2010
To the family of Touri Bolourchi:
Touri gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our heroes of September 11 be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you.
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2009
May God bless Touri Bolourchi's family. It sounds like she was a remarkable woman, and continues to be greatly missed.
April 26, 2008
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Doug Abraham
October 19, 2007
October 19, 2007 -
To The Bolourchi Family

I did not know Touri but after going on the internet I ran across her picture and name and I just wanted to share my deepest sympathy to the Bolourchi family. My prayers are continuously with you.
R.B. Johnson
Reggie Johnson
September 11, 2007
Iranians around the world should remember Touri Bolourchi...we are proud of her and hope her spirit as an angel on earth has soared to the heights of the heavens.
Banafsheh Zand Bonazzi
June 10, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
October 24, 2006
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
Kristine
September 29, 2006
Your mother sounds like a very beautiful strong woman who had much love for her family.Iam sure she was very proud of you.God Bless.Know your mother will always be with you.Nothing can every take that away!
Samual
September 22, 2006
To the daughters of Touri Bolourchi,Your mother sounds like a very beautiful strong woman who had much love for her family.Iam sure she was very proud of you.God Bless.Know your mother will always be with you.Nothing can every take that away!
Dawn Sproules
September 25, 2005
good day
touri halim
December 24, 2003
May God Keep in the care of this arms , you are in my prayers, Merry Christmas
Lakia Hedgepeth
October 28, 2003
Touri,
It still makes me very sad to think of the wonderful people like you who left this earth on that horrible September Day. We will never forget you, and we will always strive to make this a more peaceful world.
Love from Texas,
Del Newberry
September 8, 2002
yOU MAY NOT KNOW ME BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT ALL OF MYHERAT IS WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY I LOVE YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR GOD IS WATCHING OVER ALL OF US
Joel Guerrero
August 28, 2002
I have carried a slip of paper bearing Touri's name since 16Sept02
when our church handed out the names of people who were victims of the tragedy so that we would have a person to pray specifically about.
May God take away your pain...
Kim Major
August 20, 2002
By a strange happenstance I have come to know a Bolourchi in the last ten days. Her name is Lenore. I do not now know her relationship, if any, to Touri. Even if no relationship exists
between Touri and Lenore, I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Dr. Abkar Bolourchi and his family for the loss of his wife and to the children for the loss of their mother. Recently widowed, I know
the trauma of death, still sense my wife's presence. I think, Dr. Bolourchi, your tribute to Touri's life one of the most moving I have ever read.
Harry Stelling
June 12, 2002
On June 6, 2002, 1 mile was walked to honor the life of Touri and all the family friends and loved ones she left behind. May you find some comfort in knowing that you do not grieve alone.

Touri, although gone, you will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.
Kathy Swaringen
April 19, 2002
Hi I need your help you see I'm trying to make sure every family that lost a love one receive a homemade quilt. When I seen what happen I knew I had to do something so as I was crying and praying the Lord answered my prayers by telling me to make quilts for everyone. Not a very easy task especially when I really don't know where to start. I started making quilts and soon ask my friends and everyone in our wonderful country to help. Soon I had 1554 quilts ready to go. We took them to New York and hand deliver them to Pier 94 where the families wereon Dec 16,17, and 18. I know my job isn't done and I have to continue so I came across a list of all the victim and decided to see if maybe there friends or families could help me try and bring some comforter to the parents or spouse. If you need to check me out please do ask our Senator Harkin from Iowa phone number is 515-284-4574 and ask Dianne Liepa what my mission is with the Freedom Quilts. By the way my name is Betty Nielsen. I was on America 01 and Good Morning America. You can also call Good Morning America and ask for Catherine Upin one of ABC Productor to check the facts out. I'm trying to make sure and not miss anyone so please if you can help me by contact his beloved wife and telling her what I plan on doing she can email me or you can and let me know if it's okay. Right now I have made and collected 1174 and still working at making more. I need your help in order to completed my project. I hoping get all the families that lost a love one from the Sept 11 attacked and present them with a quilt. A quilt of love and comforter. I'm also thinking that maybe your senator from your state can line something up and I could bring quilts to hand over to the families. Please if you have any idea and would want to help me bring some comforter please talk to the families even the senator of your state and perhaps we can so something special. We here in Iowa want to show that it doesn't matter how far you are we are thinking of them and praying and we also want to give them a sign of comforter and love. What better way of showing that this country is great and that we care for one another. Thank you for listening.
Freedom Quilts
Betty Nielsen
13637 550th ST
Fonda Ia 50540
www.freedomquilts.net
April 19, 2002
Hi I need your help you see I'm trying to make sure every family that lost a love one receive a homemade quilt. When I seen what happen I knew I had to do something so as I was crying and praying the Lord answered my prayers by telling me to make quilts for everyone. Not a very easy task especially when I really don't know where to start. I started making quilts and soon ask my friends and everyone in our wonderful country to help. Soon I had 1554 quilts ready to go. We took them to New York and hand deliver them to Pier 94 where the families wereon Dec 16,17, and 18. I know my job isn't done and I have to continue so I came across a list of all the victim and decided to see if maybe there friends or families could help me try and bring some comforter to the parents or spouse. If you need to check me out please do ask our Senator Harkin from Iowa phone number is 515-284-4574 and ask Dianne Liepa what my mission is with the Freedom Quilts. By the way my name is Betty Nielsen. I was on America 01 and Good Morning America. You can also call Good Morning America and ask for Catherine Upin one of ABC Productor to check the facts out. I'm trying to make sure and not miss anyone so please if you can help me by contact his beloved wife and telling her what I plan on doing she can email me or you can and let me know if it's okay. Right now I have made and collected 1174 and still working at making more. I need your help in order to completed my project. I hoping get all the families that lost a love one from the Sept 11 attacked and present them with a quilt. A quilt of love and comforter. I'm also thinking that maybe your senator from your state can line something up and I could bring quilts to hand over to the families. Please if you have any idea and would want to help me bring some comforter please talk to the families even the senator of your state and perhaps we can so something special. We here in Iowa want to show that it doesn't matter how far you are we are thinking of them and praying and we also want to give them a sign of comforter and love. What better way of showing that this country is great and that we care for one another. Thank you for listening.
Freedom Quilts
Betty Nielsen
13637 550th ST
Fonda Ia 50540
www.freedomquilts.net
April 19, 2002
I have found a way to send a little comforter it just takes you emailing me and our group have something to give you that we hope will bring you some comforter. It comes from the heart
Betty Nielsen
April 12, 2002
May God bless your family and my prayers are with you always.
Jill Murphy
March 11, 2002
Im truly sorry for everything that has happened to your familys. My deepest prayer goes out to everyone who lost teir lives that day.
Kathleen
January 28, 2002
May you find comfort in knowing Touri is with Almighty God!! Many prayers and thoughts are with your family.
K. Melaragni
January 12, 2002
What a warm love story of 42 years together. We are deeply sorry for your great loss. May warm memories of times together lighten the sorrow in your hearts. Our hearts cry with you in your loss of Touri.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
December 24, 2001
I am sitting here on Christmas Eve and I still felt like I have done nothing to help after the terrorist attacks. I know I can't and wont ever understand all the pain and hurt you are going through. I still cry out to God everyday wondering why such an awful thing could happen to this country. But I do know one thing that is for sure, God was with every single person that day, there is just no doubt in my mind. As of now that is the only thing that brings me peace. I pray for the family of Touri Bolourchi, time will heal. Please know that there are people out there feeling the same way you do...I did not know a person on a flight or in the World Trade Center, but I still grieve everyday. Please remember God is with you and with this beautiful country
Sara
November 15, 2001
My family & I are praying for your family everyday.May God Be With You
lois wilkins
October 3, 2001
My family sends their deepest condolences to you. Our hearts and prayers are with you
Denise Hinson
September 28, 2001
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU ALL.MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
TOURI MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
BARBARA BOLIN
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