The Drs. Fereidoun and Katharine Mirhady Endowment was established at Simon Fraser University in 2002 through the generosity of Dr. Fereidoun Mirhady and Dr. Katharine Mirhady. The Drs. Fereidoun and Katharine Mirhady Endowment supports the activities of the Mirhady Lectureship in Iranian Studies.
Dr. Fereidoun Mirhady (MD Vienna 1945) and Dr. Katharine Mirhady (MD Toronto 1948) met in London, England while doing post-graduate work and moved to Canada in 1951, where they practised medicine (pediatrics) for almost 50 years, mainly in Vancouver. Dr. Fereidoun Mirhady was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and served as a doctor during his Iranian military service in northern Iran before emigrating. He was Emeritus Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia school of Medicine. Dr. Katharine Mirhady (nee Stouffer) was born in Stouffville, Ontario, near Toronto. Besides her medical practice, she has served as Chairman of the Vancouver School Board and on the boards of numerous community organizations. They have five children and twelve grandchildren.
The purpose of the endowment is to promote interest and research in Iranian and Persian studies, including the Persian language, history, literature,societies and culture of Iran and other Persian-speaking regions. Activities may include an annual lectureship, Persian language courses, or other activities as determined by the Mirhady Lectureship Committee and administered through the Department of History at Simon Fraser University.