Iraj Motazedian passes from cancer at age 65

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Iraj Motazedian

Iraj Motazedian, a seed certification specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service and a full-time faculty member in the Crop and Soil Science Department, died Sept. 15 of cancer. He was 65.

Motazedian came to OSU in 1989. He quickly became a key person on the Seed Certification staff, providing leadership for the inspection program throughout the northwest part of the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon, leadership for the Oregon OECD program for seed moving internationally, coordinating the Oregon certified seed warehouse program, and leadership for the personnel throughout the state who sample and tag seed at those warehouses.

He also represented OSCS on the Oregon Clover Commission and served as secretary of the Seed Conditioner’s Advisory committee on the Oregon Certification, Foundation Seed and Plant Materials Board. He became a specialist for inspecting clovers and sugar beets, and was an integral part of the potato inspection team.

He recently co-developed a seed corn inspection program, and like his predecessor, Ivan Hagen, who mentored him into the certification program, Motazedian was prepared to inspect all crops that were entered for certification. Beyond his duties at OSU, he also assisted people in other countries through his work with the Farmer to Farmer program sponsored by USAID and Winrock/International.

According to co-workers, he was firm and fair in his work with all people who came to Seed Certification for its service, treasured by his co-workers, and greatly appreciated by many, many seed producers in Oregon.

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One Response to “Iraj Motazedian passes from cancer at age 65”

  1. I met Iraj for the first time in early 1993. We shared and exchanged a lot of knowledge and discussion about certified seed potatoes, field inspections, challenges facing potato growers and the seed potato market. We exchanged knowledge about international affairs related to Egypt (I was born in Egypt), Iran and other countries.

    I recently visited with friends that Iraj and I had in common. Our friends and I agreed that if there were more people around our world as good as Iraj, our world would have been a much better place today. Iraj was a great man and I certainly will miss visiting with him. He was a wonderful and great human and an amazing person.