Faramarz Simhai, 73, an adored grandfather, husband, clinical psychologist, and author, passed away on April 2, 2020, at his home in Arlington, VA, due to Parkinson’s disease complications.
Faramarz Simhai, 73, an adored grandfather, husband, clinical psychologist, and author, passed away on April 2, 2020, at his home in Arlington, VA, due to Parkinson’s disease complications. Faramarz was buried, along with the remains of his beloved wife, Toofawn, at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington on April 10. A memorial service will be held for him at a later time, when families and friends can congregate safely. Faramarz was born on June 16, 1946, and attended Alliance Israelite Universelle high school in Tehran, Iran. In 1970, Faramarz graduated from the State University of New Paltz in New York. In 1975, he received his M.S. in guidance and psychological services from Springfield College in Massachusetts, and in 1977, he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. In 1971, he married Toofawn Gunshanan, and they called Devils Lake, ND, home for 40 years. Faramarz worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice in ND, touching the hearts and lives of many families, individuals and kids. He worked with many tribal and other organizations and group homes in ND, including the Lake Region Human Service Center in Devils Lake; Public Health Service, Indian Hospital in Belcourt, ND, and the Fort Totten Health Center. He was an active member of the North Dakota Psychological Association and was appointed to the State Board of Psychologist Examiners. Parkinson’s disease cut his psychology career short and as his disease progressed, he remained a role model of grace, optimism and courage. Although he lost his ability to move, he never lost the twinkle in his eyes, his delight in the simple pleasure of spending time with family, his ability to comfort his grandchildren when they felt sad or angry, or his sense of humor. Faramarz is remembered for his wisdom, wit, enthusiasm for life, Tae Kwon Do black belt, and love of family, French pastries, classical music, and nature. Faramarz was passionate about gardening and could often be found tending to his tomatoes and coaxing apple, mulberry and even pear trees to grow in Devils Lake. He dedicated much of his life to writing the book “No One But Us”, a fictionalized account of an immigrant’s adventures in America. Faramarz was preceded in death by; his wife, Toofawn Simhai; and his parents, Ramin Simhai and Alieh Soroush. Faramarz is survived by; his son and daughter-in-law, Rostam and Jennifer Simhai of Detroit Lakes, MN; his daughter and son-in-law, Mina Simhai and Michael Castellano of Arlington; and three grandchildren, Patrick Simhai of Bismarck, ND, and Rita Anna Simhai Castellano and Azadi Dex Simhai Castellano of Arlington. Faramarz is also survived by; his brothers, Fariborz Simhai and Farivar Simhai of Los Angeles, CA; his sister, Fariba Younai of Encino, CA; his sister, Ezat Simhai of Tehran, Iran; and his step-mother, Aghdas Abazari of Los Angeles.