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In Memory of Farideh Bastani

By Mehdi Amini


Farideh Bastani

I got an email from a friend of mine yesterday informing me that a mutual friend of ours had passed away.  I could not believe it!  She was young and had a full life ahead of hers.  She had cancer and was under treatment for the last 6 months.  I felt sick.  I did not know how to reply to the email.  My response was very short.  It said "Oh my God!"


I am still in shock.  My last conversation with Farideh did not go very well and I am sorry.  I know she is not here physically to hear my sorrow but hope she can get it spiritually. Like any other kind of love, friendship can be lost within our lives due to neglect or anger or, sometimes, simply circumstances. However it is lost, we often lose a part of ourselves that can never quite be recovered.


Farideh was born on August 6th 1949 in Kermanshah. She studied biological sciences at Melli University in Tehran, then in 1973 she moved to London, England to pursue her masters degree. She dropped out of that program because she had a change of heart about a career in biological sciences. She married a British fellow in summer of 1974. They lived together in Tehran up to Iran's revolution when they moved to Europe and subsequently United States. They settled in Northern Virginia in 1979.


Farideh went to school and got her Associate degree in computer programming and eventually finished here masters in that area. Career wise she was an accomplished woman working for companies such as Fannie Mae. Freddie Mac, AOL, MCI, and Waterhouse Cooper. She held positions of project manager and director at these companies.


Farideh was also active in Kanoune Doust-darane Farhange Iran as well as Ettehade Jomhourikhahane Iran. She was an energetic lady who tried to do her outmost for the betterment of the Iranian Community, and it is a shame that she left us so soon. 


In 1995 Farideh was diagnosed with mylefibrosis and in 2008 she lost her fight against cancer.


She leaves behind a daughter, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.


Life is too short and we must try to enjoy it as much as we can. 


May she rest in peace



I dedicate this poem to Farideh: 

Friends Forever

A friend is a treasure that everyone has

Sometimes they come, sometimes they pass
Your friends will stay if you don't betray or lie

Or leave them behind
Just put this on your mind

A friend is what you need
To succeed in this life

In this world were you can't live you can't breath
Life will be unfair but your friend will be there

To give you hope, and faith
And a path that is right to take

This will lead you to your dreams
That you never thought would come true

That is being friends forever with you.

Sometimes you forget
What your friend has done

You just stab them in the back
And leave them behind

But when it comes to them
And they don't do the same

You just turn your back
And do it again

But one sunny day
You will be alone

Then you will realize
that all you once had is gone.

... Payvand News - 05/23/08 ... --

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