Abolfath Mirza Mahvi

Tue Dec 1, 2009 1:57pm EST

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July 20, 1915 - November 23, 2009

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.

SOURCE  The Jalousie Enclave

Jessica Saller for The Jalousie Enclave, +1-212-843-8392,
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