Abolfath Mirza Mahvi

July 20, 1915 - November 23, 2009

Dec 01, 2009, 13:57 ET from The Jalousie Enclave

SOUFRIERE, St. Lucia and GENEVA, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Abolfath Mirza Mahvi, a Prince Royal of Iran, died at 95 of congestive heart failure on November 23, 2009 while surrounded by his children. He was a resident of Geneva, Switzerland since 1974. Born in Sistan, Iran on July 20, 1915, Shazdeh Mahvi was the son of Senator Mohammad Mehdi Mirza Ebtehaj Sultan Mahvi, grandson of the last king of the Qajar dynasty of the Persian Empire, and great-great-great grandson to the famed Persian king Fat'h Ali Shah Qajar.

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Mahvi was known as "Shazdeh" (Prince) due to his linage as the grandson of a long line of Qajar kings. In 1953, the Shah of Iran asked Shazdeh Mahvi, his distant cousin, to leave New York City and return to his homeland to assist with the rebuilding of a modern Iran. Accordingly, Shazdeh Mahvi became a confidential economic advisor to the Shah and travelled with him on official State visits to meet numerous U.S. Presidents as well as with officials of China, South America and Europe. He was awarded the Order of Homayoun by the Shah in 1974.

Throughout his career, Shazdeh Mahvi orchestrated some of the Iran's biggest international business partnerships with companies such as Amerada Hess Oil, Airbus, Bechtel, Bendix, Boeing, Bowden Drilling, Bristow Helicopters, CSC Corp, EDS, Flour, Fokker Aircraft, Fromatom, GE, Honeywell, Hughes Aircraft, KWU, Litton Aero, McDonald Douglas, Northrop, Ralph Parsons, Rockwell International, Spie Batignolles, Standard Oil of Indiana, Siemens, Thyssen, and Westinghouse.

He was instrumental in setting up Pan American International Oil Company in Iran and served as its managing director there until 1967. Mahvi also created Iran's only military aircraft service company by forming a partnership between Northrop and Israeli Aircraft Industries into a new monopoly called Iran Aircraft Services Inc., or IASI, which serviced the IIAF military aircraft. He formed ISIRAN (Information Systems Iran), a joint venture with Honeywell, which serviced the Iranian Armed Forces data processing needs until he sold it to the government in 1972.

Perhaps most significantly, in 1974 Mahvi spearheaded Iran's nuclear energy program at the Shah's request. Mahvi founded INECO, Iran Nuclear Energy Company, and partnered with Siemens / KWU in order to build the two, 1200MW power plants in the gulf region.

Mahvi was a tireless advocate for the people of Iran and he donated much of his wealth to establish the Abolfath Mahvi Educational Foundation for the purpose of building schools in Iran and paying for the education of countless Iranian and foreign students, both in pre-revolutionary Iran and overseas for over 20 years. The Shah accepted to become honorary Chair of the foundation.

During the Iranian revolution of 1979, Mahvi was a key target of the extremists resulting in the confiscation of his family's assets in Iran, including the assets of the Foundation which he set up.

Shazdeh Mahvi had previously retired to Europe in 1974 where he collected over 14,000 volumes of valuable Persian literary books which he later donated to the University of Geneva. The "Iranology" he helped create through his Foundation Culturel Mahvi holds monthly seminars in London on Persian literature. He was also an honorary life member of the La Fondation de la Vocation created by Mr. Marcel Bleuchtein-Blanchet of France.

In 1990 Mahvi facilitated the re-drilling of 52 of Iran's deep oil wells by Canadian Triton International, successfully increasing Iran's output.

He also founded M. Group Resorts, a resort development company. He purchased the renowned Jalousie Estate on the island of St. Lucia and commissioned his son, Pascal Mahvi, to build the celebrated Jalousie Plantation Resort and The Jalousie Enclave, the site of UNESCO's newest World Heritage.

Mahvi's investment in St. Lucia's changed the local economy dramatically, bringing foreign money and tourist dollars to the island. Thousands of St. Lucian's lives were changed as a direct result of his development endeavors, and Mahvi was instrumental in establishing St. Lucia's reputation as a luxurious and naturally stunning resort destination.

Shazdeh Mahvi was preceded in death by his eldest grandson, Jason Mahvi Duck. He is survived by his wife, Josette Clemence Aimee You-Mahvi and three children and their spouses: Ali Pascal Mahvi and Caryl Leigh Keglovic-Mahvi, Shireen Chantal Mahvi-Duck and Allan Dickerson Duck, Anastasia Mahvi-Claeys and Nicolas Albert Claeys. He leaves behind seven grandchildren: Alexander Darius Mahvi, Jacklyn Roya Mahvi, Nicholas Pascal Mahvi, Kamiar Allan Duck, Amira June Duck, Nathan Mahvi Claeys, Lea Connie Claeys. He is also survived by his three nephews and niece and their children: Farhad Motazedi, Farshad Motazedi, Mohammad Hassan Motazedi, Fariba Motazedi-Ramin Farhangi.

Memorial Services will be held at Parkside Church in Bainbridge, Ohio on December 5th 2009 at 1:00 p.m. The next day he will be flown to St. Lucia where he will lay in state for 48 hours and a Memorial Service will be held at The Jalousie Enclave at Jalousie Estate on Friday, December 11th between 2 and 3pm, allowing St. Lucians who knew him to pay their last respects.

The dates of the event in St. Lucia will be posted to www.Jalousie-Enclave.lc and announced in St. Lucia.

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