Washington DC- The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement in response to the passing of Dr. Firouz Naderi on June 9th, 2023.
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We express our profound condolences and deep sorrow upon learning about the passing of Dr. Firouz Naderi, a distinguished member of the Iranian American community. His sudden departure has left a void in the hearts of Iranians around the world, both in Iran and the Iranian diaspora.
Dr. Firouz Naderi’s contributions as a scientist during his 36 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are widely recognized and celebrated. His dedication and expertise played a pivotal role in advancing American robotic space missions, leaving an indelible mark on the field of space exploration.
Beyond his scientific achievements, he was dedicated to philanthropy, providing educational support to underprivileged children through organizations like KCIS (Keep Children In School) and transformed the lives of countless young individuals, empowering them to pursue their dreams and overcome socio-economic challenges in Iran.
Moreover, Dr. Naderi’s recent dedication to promoting Internet freedom in Iran deserves special recognition. His relentless efforts to raise awareness and facilitate initiatives aimed at empowering Iranians facing internet censorship have been instrumental. By advocating for access to reliable and unrestricted internet connectivity, he championed the fundamental principles of free expression, information sharing, and global connectivity for people in Iran.
Furthermore, we also want to highlight Dr. Naderi’s tireless dedication to the Iranian American community’s political participation and representation. His commitment to voter registration and engagement in American elections aimed to empower Iranian Americans, and amplify the community’s political voice. His work in this regard has fostered a stronger sense of belonging and influence within the political landscape.
We share the grief of Dr. Firouz Naderi’s family, friends, and the Iranian American community. Our deepest condolences to his family members and friends. May Dr. Naderi’s legacy continue to inspire us all.