Ali Mehravari, MBE, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, 19th July, 2014, in the tranquil Pembridge Pallative Care Unit of the St. Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in London. He was 91. A noted and respected foreign journalist, Ali worked for Reuters News Agency for over thirty years. He was the Reuters Tehran bureau chief until his retirement in 1980. In the course of his work, Ali met and interviewed some of the most compelling figures of his generation, including Mohammad Mosaddegh, King Faisal, Jawaharlal Nehru, Georges Pompidou, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and President Carter, and reported on some of the most historically significant events taking place in the Middle East between 1950 and 1980. In 1975, he was awarded the Member of Order of British Empire (MBE) for his significant achievements in journalism and foreign reporting for Reuters. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother herself bestowed the award upon him during a ceremony in the British Embassy in Tehran in 1975. He joins his beautiful bride Sima, his sister Mahrokh, and nephew Alireza, and is survived by his son, Nader, daughter-in-law Judy, grandson Peter-Cyrus, granddaughter Alison-Sima and granddaughter-in-law Rachel-Burton, niece Effat, grand nieces Sarah, Zohreh and Tahereh and great-grand niece Camile and many other family members, friends, and colleagues who knew and loved him. He and his backgammon tactics will be missed.
A pictorial remembrance can be found at https://picasaweb.google.com/115896078313266617670/InMemoriamAliMehravariMBE19232014?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLXyITOtur8PA