In memory: Parviz ‘Paul’ Azari

Paul Azari outdoorsRespected Colorado State University Professor Emeritus Parviz “Paul” Azari died Dec. 15. He was born Feb. 13, 1931 and was 86.

Paul moved to Fort Collins in 1963 with his wife and young family to help build and serve as a professor in the newly created biochemistry department at Colorado State. He retired after nearly 40 years of teaching and research at CSU. His dedicated efforts were responsible for enabling generations of students to thrive and excel in their chosen fields.

In honor of the late Dr. Azari, Dean Tsao, CEO of Genemed Biotechnologies, Inc., pledged $1 million to CSU to support teaching and research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Tsao earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from CSU in 1973. Paul was his advisor. The pledge funds graduate fellowships.

Born in 1931 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Paul grew up in Tehran, Iran. He came to the United States in 1948 to attend undergraduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Nebraska.

Paul married Harriet-Ann Coates in 1955. She preceded him in death in 2009. They had five children: Aaron (Anita) of Arvada; Doran (Kathy) of Greeley; Victoria Loran (Tom); Nina Azari and Katherine Azari (Dan MacArthur), all of Fort Collins. Other survivors include a sister, Turan Ilsen (Roland), and a brother, Eric Azari, both of California, six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Paul loved his garden, was an accomplished watercolor artist, a great cook, a loving husband and father, and a generous man. He was always curious about the world and enjoyed learning about the people he met in his life. He will be dearly missed.