Fay (Manijeh Fatemeh Bagherkhani Karami) Maushard passed away at home beside her husband early Thursday morning August 24, 2017 after a brief illness of congestive heart failure and chronic scleroderma autoimmune disease.
Fay was a devoted advocate for feminism and human rights, who possessed a deep abiding love of her Iranian homeland and culture. She possessed an astute understanding of international relations and was never reticent about voicing her opinion.
Committed to increasing scleroderma awareness, Fay met personally through membership in the Oregon Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation with Portland mayors Tom Potter and Sam Adams, Oregon US Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and Oregon US Senator Jeff Merkley among many others.
Fay appeared several times on KATU’s “AM Northwest” live Portland television program to share her stories of living with the often debilitating illness, including the very first awareness team appearance on that show in 2006 with Dr. Lauren H. Kim MD and former chapter president Liz Orem-Bedel. Fay was first diagnosed with scleroderma by the late Dr. Joseph H. Korn of Boston in the early 1990’s.
Fay was a retired x-ray technologist who trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and worked at the Boston Heart Foundation; Allport Medical Center in Chicago; and Eastmoreland Hospital, The Portland Clinic, and Broadway Medical Clinic in Portland, among other health care facilities. She held current memberships with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists earning R.T. (R) (M) (ARRT) credentials.
Surviving family members include Lawrence J. Maushard of Portland, her husband of 22 years; brother Jalal B. Karami of Boston; sister Shahrbanoo Karami, niece Farah Karami, and nephew Dr. Amir Ghasemmanesh of Tehran; nephew Farshid Ghasemmanesh and wife Mayam of Halifax, Canada; and a number of cousins and other relatives in North America, Europe and Iran. Preceding her in death are mother Salimeh Karami, father Mohammad Hosein, and sister Fatemeh Bagherkhani.
Fay loved to dance and sing, was a voracious reader, tireless medical researcher, international traveler and outdoorswoman who enjoyed hiking, boating and camping, especially at Oregon’s Crater Lake, which she considered a deeply spiritual environment. Tai chi became a passion for Fay, who regularly attended the courses at Hollywood Senior Center where she appreciated beyond words the tremendous friendship, camaraderie, and generosity of instructor Candace Herrill and all her long-time classmates. Fay loved jazz.
Fay was born in Tehran, Iran on December 26, 1945 and raised there. She emigrated to the United States in the 1980s to Boston, which she considered her American home where she and husband Lawrence first met. Fay proudly earned her American citizenship independent of any marriage support. She enthusiastically respected and backed the US public library system.
Memorials are appreciated to the Oregon Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation (www.scleroderma.org/oregon), Portland Persia House Studies (http://web.pdx.edu/~tehrank/), Hollywood Senior Center (http://hollywoodseniorcenter.org), and the KBOO-FM Persian Hour Art and Music Show (http://kboo.fm/program/persian-hour-art-and-music-show).
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