Farshid Banani

Born: June 3, 1941
Died: October 2, 2006

Farshid "Ben" Banani was born in Iran of Persian ancestry. His family settled in Kampala, Uganda when he was 9 years old. He was educated in England and graduated from Malvern College, Worcestershire prior to coming to Yale.

At Yale as a freshman he lived in McClellan. Subsequently, he was a member of Pierson College.

Following Yale, he returned to Iran for his military service. He then worked with the American Peace Corps as a training officer in Iran. Later he returned to Uganda where he taught English in secondary school. He also studied anthropology at Maquere University in Kampala for several years. In 1972, while in London, he met Lili Moshiri, also from Iran, and they married.

After their marriage, he and Lili moved to Canada, where Ben worked as a management consultant with the Arthur D. Little Company until 1978 when he was transferred to the home office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The family settled in Boston where he resided until his death. In the late 1970's Ben left Arthur D. Little to start his own real estate development company, the Banani Corporation. Lili worked with him in the business as they rehabilitated older residential buildings and also developed homes in Western Massachusetts. His company carried out many of its projects in Back Bay and Ben was active in the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay, serving a term as president.

Ben and Lili resided on East India Row, near Boston Harbor. His hobbies were music and writing. He was also a gourmet cook. As befitting his background as a citizen of the world, Ben was fluent in Spanish, French, Farsi and Swahili. He retired 3 years ago and was a faithful, devoted fan and supporter of his children's tennis, soccer and school activities.

He was, Lili recalls, "an incredibly giving person. He loved to help others."

In addition to his widow, Ben leaves his two children: his son Darius, now a junior at the University of Chicago, and his daughter Tara, a freshman at Barnard College. He is also survived by his two brothers, Amin, a professor emeritus at U.C.L.A., and Husayn, an electrical engineer in Toronto, and by his sister Violette Banani of Strasbourg, France.

Ben was buried in the Newton Cemetery. The family requested that donations in his memory be made to the University of Chicago or Barnard College in honor of his children.