Tribute to Amir Hassanpour by Peace Corps Iran volunteer Thomas Ricks.

Professor Amir Hassanpour died on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Born in1943 in Mahabad, Iran, Professor Hassanpour was a prominent Iranian Kurdish scholar and researcher on the survival of Kurdish history and culture and the standardization of the Kurdish language. At the time of his death, he was Associate Professor at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. This obituary lists his many accomplishments:

Professor Hassanpour was a friend and colleague of Tom Ricks (Mashhad, Mahabad,1964-66), a friendship that spanned fifty-three years from the time they met in Mahabad. Below is an excerpt from the memorial for Professor Hassanpour by Tom Ricks. The complete document is at:

We got to know each others’ families. I knew his parents and all of his five brothers and one sister many of whom are dead or living in Sweden or the U.S., as he got to know my parents and four brothers and one sister. He was extremely well-informed about many topics, gentle and humorous at the same time. I consider him my brother and now he is gone. His reach was international. He was a thorough academic and an activist, proud of his Middle East heritage and legacy. I hope you enjoy my memories of a wonderful and scholarly gentleman with an army of students and dear friends. There is to be a memorial for him next March 18, 2018, on the University of Toronto campus.