In Memory of Majid Tehranian (March 22, 1937 - December 23, 2012)
In Loving Memory
Majid Tehranian (1937-2012)
Majid was born in 1937 in Iran. He came to the United States at the age of 17 when he was selected to serve as a delegate to the 1955 New York (International) Herald Tribune Forum and to meet President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Shortly thereafter, he attended Dartmouth College, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Government. He then attended Harvard University, where he earned his Master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies and his Ph.D. in Political Economy.
As a Quaker, Majid dedicated his life to fostering international understanding and peace. He worked around the world, serving as Director of Social Planning at the Plan Organization of Iran, Founding Director of the Iran Communication and Development Institute (Tehran), Senior Fellow at Saint Anthony's College at Oxford University, Program Specialist at UNESCO (Paris), Trustee of the International Institute of Communications (London), Professor of International Communication at University of Hawaii, Director of the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Honolulu), Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religions (Cambridge), and Director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research (Honolulu). During his professional life as an educator, besides teaching at University of Hawaii as full time Professor, Majid also taught at Leslie College, New College, University of Tehran, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford University, and Soka University (USA).
As an internationally recognized scholar, he was a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Club of Rome. His numerous publications include over 25 books and 100 articles, translated in a dozen languages including French, Spanish, Italian, German, Norwegian, Finnish, Polish, Slovenian, Korean, Japanese, Bahasa Malay, Arabic, and Persian. A self-described "global nomad," he traveled to or lived in six continents and approximately one hundred different countries and enjoyed swimming and poetry as a daily pastime. Majid is survived by his loving wife, Katharine, with whom he celebrated 40 years of marriage, his children, Maryam, John, Yalda, and Terrence, and six grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California. Memorial donations in Majid's name may be made to Amnesty International.
Majid Tehranian interviewed by Sohrab akhavan in 2011