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The Late Dr. G. Hossein Bahmanyar, December 12, 1945 - January 5, 2011

IN MEMORIAM - G. Hossein Bahmanyar
by  Maria Raptis
Issue Date: 02/2011

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It is with great sadness that Caltrans District 7 has lost a skilled geotechnical engineer, a colleague and a friend to many with the passing of Dr. G. Hossein Bahmanyar, transportation engineer, Hazardous Waste Branch (North).

Bahmanyar, 65, passed away on January 5 with family at his side. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mary, and two children, son Atta, 23, daughter Atiya, 21, a brother and nieces and nephews.

During 2010, Banmanyar spent 7 of 12 months hospitalized.  He was released in time to spend quality time with his family and celebrate the holidays at home.

His six years working in District 7 Hazardous Waste Branch involved soil and groundwater testing and investigation and remediation to ensure compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.

“Hossein loved his work and he took it seriously,” said Ayubur (Ayub) Rahman, Chief, Hazardous Waste Branch, North. “He never hesitated to provide an honest technical opinion. He was soft spoken and a very friendly person. We will miss him a lot.”

Hossein was born on December 12, 1945 in Tehran, Iran, where he attended the prestigious Alborz High School. In 1967, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the Fanni School of Engineering, Tehran, Iran. In 1971, he left Iran to begin a master’s degree program at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. Because of the fast pace of technological advances during the late ‘70’s, Bahmanyar obtained a second master’s degree in geotechnical engineering and in 1981 he earned his doctorate degree (PhD) in rock mechanics and soil engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“Hossein loved living in Milwaukee and was a huge fan of the University of Wisconsin Badgers,” said Mary. “He was very happy to see them in the Rose Bowl game this year.”

In 1993, Bahmanyar co-founded the Fanni Reunion Foundation (FRF) a California non-profit organization to benefit the alumni and staff of his alma mater in Iran, and to promote social, technological, academic and professional networking among its members. The FRF has an active membership at Caltrans District 7. 

Education, museums and cultural activities were very important to Bahmanyar and he was proud and involved parent to both of his children who graduated from college last year. Atta graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, and Atiya, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

“My children and I are very appreciative of the overwhelming support from Hossein’s Caltrans family in Districts 4 and 7,” said Mary Bahmanyar. “Thank you for your many calls and notes and for keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers throughout Hossein’s illness.

The Bahmanyar Family, (from left) Mary, Atta, Atiya, and Hossein.