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In Memory of Professor Ali Massoumi

By David Rahni, New York

Massoumi, Ali- March 26, 1933-July 28, 2004 died peacefully at the age of 71, surrounded by family at his home in Albany, California. His latest and last position was Quality Control Specialist, Environmental Restoration Program, ESD, LBNL/UC Berkeley.

Dr. Massoumi was a professor of analytical chemistry for over forty years, and devoted his life to teaching thousands of students and research in metal chelations, environmental remediation among others leading to 75 publications and 8 books. He is credited among the pioneers in modern chemsitry curriculum devleopment in his native country Iran.

He received his bachelor's degree from Tehran University with honors and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees from Imperial College in London. He was a faculty member at Shiraz University in Iran for 28 years at various capacities including Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences.

In the 90s, Dr. Massoumi moved to the National University and Free University in Tehran where he held similar positions before he returned to the US. As a visiting professor he had taught and conducted research in a number of internationally renowned institutions, including Univ. of Oregon, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Florida, Univ. of California at Berkeley, U.S.A.; Univ. of Saarland, Germany; Univ. of Oslo, Norway; and Univ. of Mainz, Germany. He was a visiting scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

From all his work experiences what he valued most was his interaction with his students. He cherished everyone of his students and followed with interest their many successes. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends. He was the beloved husband of Patricia, loving father to son Hassan, daughter Soraya, and doting grandfather to Rosheen and Ashling.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 noon, Sunday August 8 at Lipman Room in Barrows Hall at UC Berkeley. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.

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