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Emeritus Professor Dr. Iraj Kalantari Ph.D.

April 12, 1947 ~ June 2, 2019 (age 72)
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Message from afsane kalantari
June 28, 2020 1:57 PM

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Message from afsane kalantari
June 28, 2020 9:30 AM

Dearest Iraj, thinking of you a year after your passing which was so soon, sad and shocking. Back here in Iran every time I have thought of you for the past year, I have always imagined you in Macomb,at your beautiful house or at your office at WIU working mathematics since we were always apart and that was the picture I had of you in my mind for the past fort and some years. Then the real thing hits badly. Still difficult to think of you not being there. I hardly know of anyone here who wasn't touched by your brilliance and intellect some years ago when you travelled to Iran and gave us all another chance to have the advantage of your valuable presence. Never forget those Christmass gatherings at uncle Fred's house, good talks, fun and laughters. Ialways wished I had more chances to be listening to you talking (not mathematics ofcourse since it would've sounded like an outter space language to my ears😊) and I always enviously thought of those who had the chance to do so. always loved and respected you I can imagine what a huge loss it must have been to your loved ones Roz, Sara and Leo and ofcourse my beloved cousins Lale, Bahman and Khosro
Message from Mary Jane and Gerald White
August 24, 2019 4:57 PM

Ros, What a tremendous tribute to Iraj at WIU.. We so enjoyed talking with you. and your family and seeing you again.
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A candle was lit by Frank Fulkerson on August 24, 2019 12:16 AM
Message from Frank Fulkerson
August 24, 2019 12:15 AM

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Iraj Kalantari. He will be missed by many in the Macomb area. I knew Iraj best through our weekly poker games, first at George Barnes', then at Chris Sutton's, and most recently at Iraj's house. I always had the feeling that Iraj knew every card in my hand. I had met and got to know Iraj on a student recruiting trip for the College of Arts & Sciences in the Chicago, IL many years ago. I was impressed by him then and continued to be impressed over the succeeding years. We became friends and I was saddened by his passing. Regards, Frank Fulkerson
Message from Tim Liudahl
August 21, 2019 11:57 PM

Very sorry to hear of Iraj's passing.
It was nice that he would hire some of us retired teacher. Excellent department head!

Tim Liudahl (Instructor from 2002 - 2015)
Message from Charles Helm
August 15, 2019 8:39 PM

Iraj and I were colleagues in different departments but we both had offices on the 4th floor of Morgan. We also played tennis together both in singles and doubles and we were on several committees together. I have some fond memories of Iraj. I can remember after a tennis match he told me that when a young man in Iran he once translated a manual on Tanks for the Iranian military. He and I both found this quite humorous. He could laugh at himself. After a particularly boring committee meeting, Iraj the consummate gentleman invited me to have coffee in his office. But this was not coffee boiled into submission from the early morning. He had a quite sophisticated Nestle's coffee maker and he offered several options. The coffee treat was capped off with with a fine piece of chocolate. While my mathematical background is rather limited so I couldn't follow Iraj on these subjects we were part of a discussion group that focused on social, political and economic issues. He was a lively interlocutor. Iraj and I were both department chairs for a number of years and on my reading of the deparment, Iraj met various challenges with considerable tact and skill. I think many of us will miss Iraj and his Olympian and persistent efforts to civilize us.
Message from Mina
July 17, 2019 3:09 AM

ایرج جانم
وقتی خبر کوچ شما را شنیدم دلم میخواست اشتباه باشد افسوس
بزرگ مردی را از دست دادیم همیشه برایمان محترم ودوست داشتنی هستی درغم عزیزانم شریک هستم مینا
Message from Shahriar & Azadeh
July 16, 2019 11:16 PM

Please accept our sincere sympathy for the loss of your brother. We share in the grief of you and your family at this sad time.
Message from Minoo shafiee
July 15, 2019 12:10 PM

خیلی زود وجود مرد دانشمند و مهربانی را از دست دادیم ایرج جان چند سال پیش که ایران آمدی بعد از مدتها دوری با جمعی از اقوام با هم وقت گذراندیم و چقدر لذت بخش بود کنار شما عزیزانی که متاسفانه از ما دور بوده و هستید بهمن و اعظم عزیز لاله و خسرو جان بینهایت متاسف و در غم شما شریکم ایرج جان روحت شاد در آرامش باشی
Message from minoo
July 15, 2019 11:45 AM

متاسفانه خیلی زود وجودی دانشمند و مهربانی را از دست دادیم . ایرج جان چند سال پیش که ایران آمدی بعد از مدتها با عده ای از اقوام خیلی باهم وقت گذراندیم و چقدربرایم لذت بخش بود، بودن کنار شما عزیزانی که دور از ما هستید بهمن و اعظم جان لاله و خسرو
عزیز بینهایت متاسف و در غم شما شریکم روحت شاد ایرج جان در آرامش باشی
Message from Fariborz
July 14, 2019 6:03 AM

I’m so sorry to hear of Iraj’s passing. I have so many memory with Iraj in teen age infact he was the best and clever boy in our family and also he was our leader.
My deepest sympathy to Laleh ,Bahman, Khosrow ,Sara and Leo.
Rest In Peace Iraj Jan...
Message from Larry Morley
June 21, 2019 10:59 AM

I was very sad to hear of the death of my special friend Iraj. I came to Western Illinois University in1969 and served as Department Chairperson for several years with Dr. Kalantari becoming Chair at my retirement in 1999. In addition to being colleagues, Iraj, Rosalyn, Sara and Leo were close friends of Ann and I and our boys, Doug, Alan and Steve for all those years together. Iraj and I had a great working relationship and I enjoyed and depended on his support during my years as Chair. The obituary does a fine job of describing his contributions to WIU and the greater mathematical community in which he was active and contributed so much. His greatest joy was not the personal accolades but being a part of a vibrant creative community. Personally our family’s relationships, especially my wife Ann and Rosalyn and Iraj and our boys, were always helpful and encouraging. I hope to be a part of the Farewell Memorial Gathering at WIU on August 23rd.
Message from Tamara Lakins
June 14, 2019 11:44 AM

Iraj and Michael used to go "darjeeling" at the library for their coffee break. Another very fond memory.
Message from Alan Morley
June 12, 2019 10:37 PM

While starting my College Career in Macomb in 1983 at WIU, I worked as a student helper in the Math Department. Iraj was full of energy and laughter and made my time there such a wonderful one. He had a genuine interest in people and shared with me about a sport I had never heard of before - Pickle Ball! I do wish I could remember the word he used to describe his tea/coffee break with Michael Moses. Alan Morley
Message from Mal and Ida Peterson
June 12, 2019 8:39 PM

Ros, Sara, Robert, Dylan and Chloe:
We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and our prayers. Today, tomorrow and always. We love you!
Message from Marko Kranjc
June 12, 2019 11:25 AM

Dear Roz, Sara, and Leo,

It was with shock and sadness that I received the news of Iraj's passing. For years we shared the lives of our families with the children growing up together. He was a friend and a big brother who never hesitated to help or give a thoughtful advice.

My thoughts are with you in this time of mourning,
Message from Mary Jane and Gerald White
June 11, 2019 7:28 PM

Dear Ros,
We were shocked and are very sad to read of Iraj's death. We always enjoyed visiting with him at the math department's holiday dinners. May God bless you and your family.
Mary Jane and Gerald
Message from Paul Humke
June 11, 2019 2:37 PM

Dear Ros,

I was shocked and deeply saddened to read of Iraj's passing. I was on the committee who hired Iraj at Western and we were lucky to get the two of you. I wish you all the best and send my deep condolences.

Message from Arash Aftabi & Farnoush Fadavi
June 10, 2019 6:07 PM

Dear Kalantari family,

“A man of good name will never die”

We have many fond memories of Iraj and his lovely family attending our wedding and later joining us during our family trip to Las Vegas. He was truly intelligent and a gentleman.

We share your loss and offer our condolences.

We will forever cherish his memories.


Aftabi family

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A candle was lit by Eshrat Talakoub 🕯 on June 10, 2019 2:12 PM
Message from Eshrat Talakoub, Farnaz Fadavi, and Khashayar Ghazimorad
June 10, 2019 12:04 AM

Dear beloved Kalantari’s family,

Our deepest condolences for the passing of Iraj jan. We share your loss and wish you all much patience during these difficult times. We feel lucky to have known a man of his distinction, and have many fond memories of him over the years. He was a true gentleman and a kind man. While he is no longer with us in flesh, our unfading memories of him and his character shall always prevail. We wish you solace at these difficult times through remembering that he lived a great life and touched many more.


Eshrat Talakoub, Farnaz Fadavi & Khashayar Ghazimorad
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A candle was lit by Farnaz Fadavi on June 9, 2019 11:38 PM
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A candle was lit by Beezhan Malekpour on June 8, 2019 6:28 PM
Message from Beezhan Malekpour, Durham. UK
June 8, 2019 6:27 PM

I was extremely saddened to hear such sad news. Rest in peace dear Iraj.
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A candle was lit by Linda Rezzetano on June 8, 2019 2:14 PM
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A candle was lit by Tamara Lakins on June 8, 2019 10:28 AM
Message from Tamara Lakins
June 8, 2019 10:27 AM

I am deeply saddened by Iraj's passing. He taught me so much, and he was a loving friend. Iraj mentored and taught me during my undergraduate years at Western Illinois University, and he remained my most trusted mentor and friend even after I graduated and went on to do my Ph.D. He was an incredible teacher and very generous with his time. He cultivated in me a love of mathematics that led me to a satisfying career in academia that probably wouldn't have happened at all without his friendship, guidance, and support. I will miss his loving friendship, his generosity, his sharp intelligence, and his keen wit. My deepest sympathy to the entire Kalantari family.
Message from Isabel Hinestrosa
June 7, 2019 2:06 PM

I owe this wonderful man my entire existence. Iraj is responsible for convincing my father, Michael Moses, to move to the United States from Melbourne, Australia, and teach at Western Illinois University. Had my father not heeded Iraj's urging, he would have never met my mother, Carolina Hinestrosa, and I would not be here today. Although my parents chose to leave Macomb and raise me on the East Coast, I have many fond memories of times spent visiting Iraj and his family in Macomb: a Thanksgiving spent amongst the beautiful fall foliage during my early childhood, and more recently visiting Iraj in Chicago with my father in 2011, during which I had the privilege of witnessing their deep, loving friendship. My heart is heavy for Iraj's family, my father, and the many others who are grieving the loss of this kind, loving man. I take comfort in knowing that my mother is greeting him with open arms, surely thrilled to have his company and happily settling in for a long chat.

Rest in peace, Dr. Kalantari - I will remember you with joy whenever I hear "Secret Agent Man."
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A candle was lit by Moses-Hinestrosa Family on June 7, 2019 1:51 PM
Message from Kristin Moses
June 7, 2019 1:23 PM

Our hearts are breaking and we are truly saddened by the loss of this amazing man. Michael and I were very lucky to consider Iraj a very close friend and even family. We are sending are prayers to his family. Michael and Kris Moses
Message from Michael Moses
June 7, 2019 10:45 AM

Iraj was a wonderful man: generous, thoughtful, caring, gentle, erudite, and wise. I am proud to have had him as my closest friend since 1983, when he recruited me to join the Logic Group at WIU. We enjoyed an easy camaraderie and flippant repartee that belied the deep love we felt for each other. I will miss our long rambling conversations well into the night that we shared weekly all through my many happy years in Macomb and which we resumed at every subsequent visit as if we had never been apart.
I miss him deeply and will do so for the rest of my life.
Iraj was one of a kind, cut from the very finest cloth, always optimistic and forward-looking, who bore with amazing fortitude the shackles of his awful disease.
Thank you Dr. K for your years of generous and embracing love, for me and Carolina and Isabel, and Kris. They all join me in this heartfelt farewell, as do my parents and siblings and family in Australia who grew to know you and love you through my constant stories of our happy times together.
Au revoir dearest friend,
Message from Roberta Tyson
June 5, 2019 4:25 PM

I have interacted with Dr. Kalantari since beginning work as a secretary at Western Illinois University in 1978, both at the school and in various social settings. I am so very sorry to read of his passing. He will be missed by many as he was a friend to many here in Macomb. My blessings and thoughts to those loved ones left here on earth. My his soul rest in peace.
Message from Connie L.
June 5, 2019 11:51 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Iraj's passing! I enjoyed working with him in the Math Department at WIU. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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