Karim Mehrazar, 52, Morgan professor

March 12, 2006

Karim Mehrazar, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Morgan State University, died of stomach cancer March 5 at Chesapeake Hospice in Linthicum. The Millersville resident was 52.

Dr. Mehrazar was born and raised in Tabriz, Iran, and earned a bachelor's degree in medical technology from Tabriz University in 1975. After completing obligatory military service in the Iranian Royal Air Force, he enrolled at Indiana State University, where he earned a master's degree in microbiology in 1981.

He worked for a year as a clinical laboratory scientist and then enrolled at Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Ill., where he earned his doctorate in immunology and microbiology in 1990.

From 1990 to 1995, he worked as a scientist at Baxter International Corp., Abbott Laboratories and Molecular Geriatric Corp., and taught at Indiana State University for a year before coming to Morgan State University in 1996.

Dr. Mehrazar reviewed peer papers and textbooks, and was widely published in his field. He also traveled in the U.S. and abroad, lecturing and participating in scientific forums and conferences.

He was a soccer fan and coached the sport for eight years for the Millersville Recreation Council. He enjoyed mountain climbing, tennis and reading history.

Services were private.

Surviving are his wife of 19 years, Mary Lauterbach; two sons, Michael A. Mehrazar and Matthew A. Mehrazar, both of Millersville; five brothers, Parviz Mehrazar and Rahim Mehrazar, both of Tabriz, Ali Mehrazar of Modesto, Calif., Amad Mehrazar of Towson, Khroso Mehrazar of Chicago; and three sisters, Nasrin Mehrazar and Minoo Mehrazar, both of Chicago, and Nadre Mehrazar of Pasadena.

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