Hooshang Behroozi
1928 - 2020
Good thoughts, good words, good deeds. Dr. Hooshang Behroozi embodied the essence of this Zoroastrian ethos. An extraordinarily caring and dedicated pediatrician, and a loving Amoo, brother, son, colleague, mentor, and friend, Dr. Behroozi died April 16 due to the coronavirus.

Born July 11, 1928 in Kerman, Iran, Hooshang was the youngest of four sons. His father, Hormozd Behroozi, was an exporter of handmade carpets and his mother, Firoozeh, a home maker. With a limitless love of learning, Hooshang earned his medical degree at Tehran University in 1957.

Encouraged by his oldest brother and the promise of opportunity in America, Dr. Behroozi moved to New York for his residency at Beth Israel Hospital. He simply loved New York and its people, embracing its cultural richness and energy. He lived in Peter Cooper Village and was part of the community until the end. All of his brothers, as well as his mother and father, eventually settled in the US or Canada. Dr. Behroozi's parents lived with him for many years.

In the early 1970s, Dr. Behroozi joined the Pediatrics Department at Gouverneur Hospital, a public hospital on the Lower East Side. He served for a time as Head of Pediatrics and was Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Medical School for most of his career. Loved by patients and colleagues alike during his more than five decades at Gouverneur, he treated thousands of children over multiple generations, many of them immigrants like himself. As adults, former patients would bring in their children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren, asking for Dr. Behroozi by name. So impressive was his longevity and commitment to his work, that some of the same medical students he took on rounds decades before, retired long before he did. He officially retired in 2015 at the age of 87, but continued to see patients one or two days a week for the next few years.

Colleagues, students, and patients loved and admired him for his keen intellect, optimism, enthusiasm, sense of humor, and kindness. Dr. Behroozi's family asks that this cherished other family include their fond memories of him in the guest book.

Dr. Behroozi was honored with numerous awards and recognitions during his distinguished career, including Doctor of the Year by New York City Health + Hospitals. In retirement, he continued to satisfy his life-long love of learning and interest in the latest advancements in medicine by reading journals and attending rounds at NYU. He loved Persian poetry and song, playing the daf and singing at family gatherings, and reciting long poems from memory for his beloved best friend Maryam, who he met in 1993.

In addition to Maryam, Dr. Behroozi is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses including Mitra (Chris), Hormoz (Cecile), Cyrus (Tom), Michelle (Todd), Teri (Bob), Dara (Mehrbanoo), and Robin, as well as several grand nephews and nieces, and his family of colleagues at Gouverneur and NYU. Memorial contributions may be made to New York City Health + Hospitals and TheDream.US.
Published by New York Times from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2020.
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You will always be missed Dr Behroozi. Love Carmen Cabrera
April 14, 2021
Me and my brother and my family is deeply sad reading this news last night.
We extend our condolences to Dr Behroozi’s family and Maryam.
We got to know Doctor Behroozi when me and my brother moved as his Neighbours in the building.
Dr. Behroozi was always smiling and full of life and always asking about me and my brother wellness.
He reminded me always of my grandfather back in my home country.
Very self sufficient man and very humble and down to earth.
We have had chats about how he came to this country and his life. Based on our conversations he deeply loved his parents, brothers and wife. He loved being a doctor and helping families.
I had the opportunity to meet his very sweet extended family in New York once and he always invited me and my brother to events.
I remember my first conversation with him , he told me telling me that my name sounded similar to a Persian word Pahlavi. I remember his birthday and asked wanted my brother to slide a birthday card under his door :(
He is and will be missed and no words can describe the pain.
May god bless his soul.

Pallavi / Vinayak
July 30, 2020
Dr Behroozi truly lived his life according to the belief good thoughts, good words,good deeds. He will be surely missed for all his good recommendation and compassion. Deepest sympathy to the entire family.
Narreman Koonjan
May 12, 2020
Dr Behroozi truly applied the meaning of good thoughts, good words and good deeds. He lived his life by that code. My deepest condolence to all his loved ones .
Narreman Koonjan
May 12, 2020
Dr. Behroozi I am going to miss you my friend.
Judith Haskaj
May 8, 2020
Judith Haskaj
May 8, 2020
Dr Behroozi was an incredible person. He loved to dance and party and most of all he loved to eat all kinds of foods. Words can't express our great loss in Pediatrics @ Gouvernuer. I had the pleasure of working alongside him for 20 years. He was so soft spoken and understanding he never got upset under any circumstances. He loved his patients so much and went above and beyond for them. Personally, he cared for my children deeply, always asking about their well being. My kids always appreciated their conversations and things he said. He will always be in Our Hearts and he will never be forgotten. God bless him always, Love Robles/Pou family.
Michelle Pou
April 27, 2020
Dr. Hooshang, my dearest cousin,

Once, when he and his mother (my aunt) had come to visit me during my student days in Daytona Beach, we went to a night club for dinner called Hawaiian Inn.

He danced all night, called a few times to the stage, and preformed like Hawaiian dancer so beautifully that he was asked to go on the stage over and over.

He was warm-hearted, kind, and a source of energy every room he walked into. For years when I would go back to Hawaiian Inn, I would be asked about him.

How sad that this absolute ray of sunshine is no longer with us.

May god bless his soul.
Jahandar Kabolinejad
April 25, 2020
To laugh often and love much;
to win the respect of intelligent persons
and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics
and to endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to give of one's self;
to leave the world a little better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm
and sung with exultation;
to know that even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
Bessie Anderson Stanley
Farimah & Kouroush Behrouzi
April 25, 2020
Hooshang e aziz, du warst immer ein Vorbild für mich und ich habe als Cousin geliebt und bewundert. Am Telefon haben wir immer über unsere gemeinsamen Jugenderinnerungen gesprochen.
Ich vermisse Dich so sehr. Mögest Du in Frieden ruhen.
Abou Behroozi, Pädiater in Germany
Abou Dr. Behroozi
April 25, 2020
You brought beautiful light to the word around you. Lucky to have known and loved you.
April 22, 2020
I met Hooshang through his niece Mitra. Our family was lucky to be invited into their home and included in their family.
Celebrating holidays with all the Behroozi's was always big, warm, caring and loving with lots of delicious Persian food. Hooshang was the uncle we all loved - always asking how we were, always making time to listen, always kind, accepting and encouraging.
As our family grew he included all the new members in his thoughts asking about anyone who couldn't make it to an event, telling me to send his love.
We loved him and his old world elegance.
We send our love to Maryam and all the Behroozi's and their partners.
The Gutherz and Miller families.
Sophia Gutherz
April 22, 2020
Dr. Behroozi has been a friend, colleague, and mentor whom I have treasured so much. Thank you so much forall your support and encouragement especially when you kept telling me to join the pension, lol. It was an honor working with such a wonderful pleasant Pediatrician and friend for the past 30 years. I will truly miss your calls and of course me calling you just to check up on you. I will always keep you in my heart. My deepest sympathy to the family . Dr Behroozi SIP you will always be in my ❤
Carmen Cabrera
April 22, 2020
For many years Hooshang has been a dear friend who made holiday gatherings more enjoyable. His professional helpfulness and overall decency made him a very special man.
April 22, 2020
So sad to hear of a special man that loved his family dearly he will be so missed by all of I feel so lucky that i had the chance to meet him. My heart and prayers go out to all the family ❤
April 21, 2020
Dr Behroozi was a dear friend and mentor. It is with great sadness that I heard about the passing of this most elegant colleague. I have known him since 1983 when I began working at Gouverneur. He was always welcoming and encouraging from the beginning to me and everyone else. His patients were so grateful for the warmth, encouragement and expertise he brought to every encounter. We were blessed to know him for so long and his legacy will live on in his grateful clients and Gouverneur family. His kind and generous spirit will be remembered with great fondness by his co workers as well as his patients, all of whom loved him dearly. May his family be comforted knowing how much he was loved by all.
Manuela Menendez PNP
April 21, 2020
You were one of the kindest persons I have ever met in my lifetime. We met in Pediatrics when I was a hospital Photographer. I enjoyed so many of our conversations about children, sociology, healthcare , education and politics. You were my neighbor as well. How many times did we stop to speak on Avenue A as you walked all the way to Gouverneur from Stuyvasant town. Without fail no matter how deep, our conversations would end on a lighter tone and even a laugh. You spoke with people as it they were all part of your family. That part of you and what your were was your gift to me. I will forever be the better for it.
Lawrence Ivy
April 21, 2020
He was like a grandpa figure to not only me but many others. He was always nice to everybody that no one could not feel the warm and caring kindness of his when near him.
Yong Wu
April 21, 2020
Peace be with you! Sherry & Ed Larson
April 21, 2020
Rest in Peace my friend till we meet again
Lydia Zavala-Ramos
April 21, 2020
Speaking of dear Dr. Behroozi brings sweet fond memories to me. I met Dr. Behroozi when I first started working at Gouverneur Hospital at the age of 18 in 1972 as his clerk. He was the Director of Pediatrics. Our clinic was very busy as everyone wanted to see him because of his kindness and manner towards all, and although he was Director he always saw his patients. He was caring and always available to all. Though the years he never changed his ways towards his patients or myself and family. Before I became a nurse he always encouraged me to return to school that I could do better and I took his advise. We always kept in touch through all the many ,many years. In 2000 I got transferred back to the Pediatric clinic and was his Head Nurse till my retirement in 2016. There is no other way to describe my friend and the fine person that he was, he was always dedicated even volunteering after he retired he was an endless caring spirit. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Dr. Behroozi my friend. Lydia Zavala-Ramos
Lydia Zavala-Ramos
April 21, 2020
When I first met Dr Behroozi in 1983 he was warm & welcoming-& that never changed in the 32 years that I was blessed to work with him. In 1983 many of the pediatricians at Gouv were not open to PNP's but this was not the case with Dr Behroozi. He was the first to say that if I needed anything his door was always open. He was there for me when all 3 of my boys were born and was supportive when my son was diagnosed with cancer. He and that son shared a birthday & he never forgot that! He always checked on how he was doing. I learned so much from him about pediatrics. I learned that caring for kids involved more than blood tests and exams. He taught by example. Dr Behroozi listened to his patients, showed he cared, was warm and friendly, & always kept up to date. His love of pediatrics was evident every day. Dr Behroozi was a true gentleman and his beautiful smile will be missed. I send my deepest sympathy to his family. Sending much love
Gloria Perez, PNP
April 21, 2020
when I got the news from the office I was sadness that you were gone. Dr Behroozi was a great doctor and coworker to work with. He was a kind, friendly and dedicated to his patients. I will always treasures your memories. May he Rest In Peace
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