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In Memoriam

A collection of obituaries, as published in the Bahai World volumes, and some more recent entries.

Feel free to add relevant information using the “comment” function. It will not be included in the obituary text, but edited and left as additional notes, in the comments section.

The names are alphabetical by surname. You may also like the stories and biographies on the Bahai Recollections site, and the Bahai Chronicles site.

Alice Barney

George Adam Benke

Claudia S. Coles

Hippolyte Dreyfus Barney

J. E. Esslemont

Dr. Arastu Khan Hakim

Mrs. Agnes Parsons


William H. Randall

Keith Ransom-Kehler

Ata’ullah Rezvani (1961-2013)

Ethel Jenner Rosenberg

Udo Schaefer

Consul Albert Schwarz

Edwin Scott

Mirza Mahmud Zargani

Short link to the index of obituaries : http://wp.me/PcgF5-2fC

One Response to “In Memoriam”

  1. hasanelias said

    Thanks for this you wrote about Dr. Schaefer:

    At various points in his life he suffered from mistrust and misrepresentation from Bahai institutions and high-ranking individuals, compounded of a vague popular anti-intellectualism, the arrogance that sometimes accompanies ignorance, and an inchoate anxiety that having smart Bahais thinking about the Bahai teachings might somehow lead to a class of priests in the future. In his paper on Apologetics he recalls a period of ten years in which he was given no opportunity to publish in Germany, an embargo that was eventually broken by publishing outside Germany, and by the intervention of the Universal House of Justice.

    His epitaph will also stand as the indelible condemnation of those who restrained the hand of the Doctor:

    Respect ye the divines and learned amongst you … they are the lamps of guidance unto them that are in the heavens and on the earth.

    They who disregard and neglect the divines and learned that live amongst them — these have truly changed the favour with which God hath favoured them.
    (Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah 128)

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