Abbas Farzanegan

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Former Iranian Diplomat and Cabinet Minister, passed away in Tampa, FL on March 17, 2004 at the age of 94. A graduate of Iran's Military Academy, he was promoted to the rank of General in 1953. He was a graduate of Marconi College in England and also a graduate of Fort Leavenworth Command and Staff College in the United States. Gen. Farzanegan began his overseas career as the Iranian Military Attache to Washington in 1946 and his family soon followed him to Washington, DC. For many years, he was the guarding of the Shah of Iran's brothers and sisters in the United States. He served as spokesman for the Iranian government after the 1953 revolution that returned the Shah to power. Gen. Farzanegan served as Minister of Post and Telegraph in the Shah's cabinet as well as government spokeman for Iran; he was appointed Governer-General of the State of Isfahan in the late 1950's. Gen Farzanegan later joined the Diplomatic Courts and served as Ambassador to several countries including Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kuwait, Norway and Holland. He retired in 1976 and joined his family in Washington, DC. Gen. Farzanegan received many honors and awards for his service from the governments of Iran, Norway and Holland. Gen. Farzanegan was preceded in death by his wife, Anice Shaybani Farzanegan; his brothers, Gen. Aziz Farzanegan and Ambassador Amir Farzanegan; sisters, Afsar Azarsa, Zinat Teimourian, Mehri Behbahani. Surviving sisters include Parvash Nawab, Fakhri Ghovanloo and Nazahat Frankfurt, all of whom resident in Potomac, MD. Other survivors are his children, Mina Holland of Bethesda, MD, Bahran Farzanegan, Ph.D. of Dandridge, TN and Fred Farzanegan, Ph.D. of Tampa, FL; grandchildren, William Holland, Aneece Kellner, Frederick Farzangean, Clair Moss and Shahbib Farzanegan and Phillip Farzanegan; and five great-grandchildren. Gen. Farzanegan is also survived by many niece and nephews residing in the United States, Iran and Europe. Services will be held on Saturday, March 20 at NATIONAL MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, 7482 Lee Hwy., Falls Church, VA at 1 p.m.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 19, 2004