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Nasser Hadidi

Nasser  Hadidi

Nasser Hadidi passed away unexpectedly on August 16th, 2020 in Colfax, Wisconsin.  

Nasser was born as one of five brothers in Shiraz, Iran on October 21st, 1942.   He excelled academically and was awarded a scholarship to attend the American University of Beirut, where he studied statistics and earned a Bachelor of Science.   He continued his academic career at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he then earned a Ph.D. in Statistics.    As he considered his subsequent academic path, he received an invitation to do post-doctoral research at the University of Oslo in Norway.  There he met Grazyna, a Polish chemistry student, and they embarked on a whirlwind courtship that led to their marriage.  Their honeymoon was a multi-continent drive from Oslo back to Shiraz.    Upon returning to Iran, he became a faculty member at Pahlavi University, teaching Statistics, where he rose to become Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and a founding member of the Iranian Academy of Science.   He was deeply committed to the modernization and development of the Iranian educational system and was very disappointed he was not able to continue this work as a result of the Iranian Revolution.    Showing a focus on family that would always define him, he left Iran in 1978 with his wife and two young children to begin a new chapter in the United States.  

He and his family settled in Menomonie, Wisconsin, where he began a new academic career in the University of Wisconsin system.   As a Professor of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin - Stout, for over thirty years, he taught multiple generations of students with care, clarity and humor.    In addition, he embarked on a second career as an actuary, earning membership as a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.   Always the professor, he took great pride in joining the examination committee, creating tests for future generations of actuaries.  

Nasser was profoundly grateful for the opportunity to be an immigrant to the United States.   He always viewed America as a beacon of hope and opportunity unmatched anywhere else in the world.  He was relentlessly optimistic about the country’s future, passing on this spirit to his family and friends.  

He is survived by his wife Grazyna, his children Larissa (Brian) Scott and Cyrus (Michelle) Hadidi, his brothers Rassule Hadidi and Mansour Hadidi, and his seven grandchildren, Ella, Bennett and Jonah Scott, and Holden, Stephan, Henryk, and Robert Hadidi.  

He was preceeded in death by his parents, Mohamad Bagher and Nezhat, and his brothers, Jusof and Ahmad.

The family will hold a small private burial and will host a Celebration of Life at a time when his family and friends can gather.   


  1. Ara Nahapetian

    My deepest condolences for passing of our dear friend, Nasser Hadidi to his wife, children and all close family and friends. Nasser and I were among the 30 fortunate Iranian students that were awarded the annual AID scholarship to study at AUB in the same year. Later on after our completion of our undergraduate and graduate studies we were together again. This time as professors at Pahlavi University, Shiraz, Iran. He was very sociable and had a happy outlook in life and he loved dancing. I am sure he will be very much missed by his family and friends. May God bless his soul and may he Rest In Peace.

  2. Abi Fattahi

    I learned of the sudden passing of my former colleague, Dr Nasser Hadidi through a former student. My wife Janet and I express our deepest condolences to Mrs Hadidi, their children and grand Children, and his surviving brothers.
    He was a fantastic colleague, and a great man. As the Associate Dean and later as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, he was very instrumental in helping me and the rest of the organizing committee in 1973, to convene a very successful International Mathematics Conference at Shiraz University.

  3. Hosien Moghadam

    Dear Dr. Hadidi Family;
    Please accept my condolences for your loss. Dr. Hadidi was my friend, and professor at Pahlavi University in Shiraz. He will be in my heat for ever. Hosien Said Moghadam. Math. Dept. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

  4. Steve Ondrus

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Nasser and our time in Tainter Trails. Your family is in our thoughts during this difficult time.

  5. Lydia PARKER

    So sorry for your loss. Beautiful obituary. God give you all comfort, strength, and courage during this time. Paul & Lydia

  6. Julie Malyon

    Larissa and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. During this difficult time when it is not possible to gather to honor our loved ones, you wrote a beautiful tribute to your father. Thank you for sharing his story; it was very inspiring. May you feel God’s presence and peace.

  7. Karen Hanson

    Peace be with you Larissa, Brian, and family, as you lay your beloved father and grandfather to rest. You are all in my prayers for comfort and mercy in these dark days.

  8. Karl Rist

    Cyrus, Larissa, Grazyna and family-- Remembering you in my prayers in your time of loss. May you be comforted by many good and happy memories of your life together as a family. Peace be with you-- Karl

  9. Sue Sever Foxwell

    Dear Gina, sending sympathy for your sudden loss. Your care, organizationally and otherwise, for my parents Gene and Lorraine Sever at Care Partners in past years is appreciated and acknowledged. Now you can the care and attention to yourself. Much sympathy, Sue Sever Foxwell

  10. Anne R Phernetton

    Larissa and Family - so sorry for your loss of your father. What an amazing life story. May your wonderful memories bring you Comfort, sharing your grief with family and friends give you Strength, and knowing Nasser is now in heaven with our Lord grant you Peace. Hugs.

  11. Ali Rejali

    This year we have lost two very influential teachers of us at Shiraz University. Dr. Javad Behboodian and Dr. Nasser Hadidi. I am very sorry about these two sad news. I have learned from both of them alot. Without their help I could not go to Stanford for graduate work in Statistics. Nasser was a very successful dean and very influential teacher and a very good researcher who have taught me how to do research. I was his TA in many courses and I have learned from him many teaching styles. He was encouraged me alot and let me start teaching by myself. Thanks to him and god bless his soul. I am asking his family especially his wife and his children as well as his brother Rasoul to accept my sincere condolence.
    Best, Ali

  12. Lexi Skillings-Bilse

    I'm so sorry to hear about Dr. Hadidi's passing. I assisted him many years with getting his courses set up in the learning management system at UW-Stout. He was always kind and very gracious. He will be missed dearly.

  13. Carol M Duff

    What a wonderful Family. Larissa has spoken often of you. We are sorry for your death.

  14. John and Lynn Hunt

    It is with deep sorrow that we learn of the passing of Nasser. He was a friend, a co-professor and most of all a man devoted to his family. His joy and pride in his children and grandchildren was first and foremost in all his conversations, and his love of teaching the young generation of students was so very evident over the many years I worked with him. A true gentleman and professor in all senses of the words. We will miss him. John and Lynn Hunt

  15. Chris & Julie Bendel

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you. Nasser was a highly respected and beloved colleague (of Chris), whose passion for students and their success was a model for others. He will be deeply missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

  16. Laura and James Christner

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry and so saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. Remembering all the happy family memories, including for me your Dad’s annual visits to NY and dinners with me and his poetry reading at our wedding. Hugs to your Mom and brother. Love, Laura and James

  17. Ed Skoviak

    Blessings on your family--may you find strength in travail and grow closer as you remember all the wonderful times with your father. Tell a story, raise a glass and cry a tear. Namaste.

  18. Jennifer Grant PhD

    My condolences for your loss. Dr. Hadidi and I often taught in a room one after each other. He had a great sense of humor and I will miss his . He had very great accomplishments, yet was soft-spoken and kind. I will miss him.

  19. Christen Kelly

    He sounds like a wonderful and amazing man. I am deeply sorry for your loss, Larissa and family, and will keep you all in my prayers.

  20. Chris Doman

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  21. Charlie and Ginny Olson

    Larissa, We so sad to hear of your father’s death. Our prayers are with you and family. Please give your mother a hug from us! and hugs to all of you!

  22. Madhu Mavanoor Krishnegowda

    Sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies. Prayers and thoughts with your family.

  23. Allison Gettings

    I am so sorry for your family's loss. Nasser sounds like he was an incredible man and father.

  24. Dennis Keane

    Sorry for your loss, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  25. Ginger Rosseter

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family. So sorry for your loss.

  26. Tiffani Harding

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you and your family much love.

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