Mehdi Nassirpour, 68, of Springfield, IL, passed away at 8:51 am on November 10, 2020, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on November 2, 1952, in Tabriz, Iran, to Gholamali and Fatemah (Faragpour) Nassirpour. He married Soodi Geranmayegan on October 15, 1992, and she survives.
Also surviving are one son, Kasra Nassirpour, and one daughter, Roya Nassirpour, both of Springfield.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Javad Nassirpour, and one sister, Sadigheh Barzegar.
Mehdi was an avid soccer player and played on the University of Tehran team during his undergraduate studies. He continued his passion for sports and expanded it here in the United States by playing competitive volleyball and racquetball.
In 1978, he moved to the United States to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for post-graduate studies. He was a passionate Illini fan and always joked about moving to Champaign once his daughter started school there.
Mehdi received a Ph.D. in 1984 in Demography/Social Sciences and Applied Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He retired in December 2019 from IDOT after twenty-eight years as Manager of Research and Evaluation at the Division of Transportation Safety. Mehdi loved his job and was heavily involved in his work with over 30 years of experience in conducting research and evaluation studies. He directed and managed the Illinois Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) project and worked with the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He was also involved in the International Forum on Records and Highway Safety Systems. Before that, he worked for three years as the Director of Research and Development at Illinois Health Care Cost Containment Council. He also worked for five years at the Illinois Department of Family and Health Services as a Senior Health Services Researcher. He was a passionate speaker and presenter and has published numerous papers – some of which can be found in the United States Library of Congress.
Mehdi was a humble and passionate man, always put others before himself, and strived to give others the same opportunities he was blessed with. Many remember him as a financial advisor, racquetball partner, soccer coach, mentor, loving father and husband, and a true friend.
Private services are being held.
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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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