(Most of this obituary was written by Doctor in September of 2003.)
...I am 62 years in active practice with no sick leaves and occasional short vacations only. I did enjoy my association with my patients and my good friends. May the good Lord bless all of you and keep you under merciful care. Love Suad
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Dr. Suad A. Niazi passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Kindred Hospital in Westminster, California, at the age of 95 years, 11 months and 13 days. (He will be laid to rest on his 96 birthday.)
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, February 22 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. at Lynner Funeral Home in Clarkfield. Burial will be on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the Clarkfield City Cemetery.
Dr. Suad A. Niazi was born February 23, 1917, in Baghdad, Iraq, when Mesopotamia was liberated from the Ottoman Empire by Britain and given the name Iraq. The Monarchy was established under King Faisel and independence was given in 1929.
Suad graduated from the Royal College of Medicine in 1942. He was the top graduate receiving from the King his award. He also had received all the awards given to top students during medical school years. He was awarded a scholarship from the American Department of State and sent to the University of Minnesota Medical School to specialize in Surgery in 1947. He stayed 10 years in the Department of Surgery including the Mayo Clinic and received his Ph.D. in Surgery in August 1956. Dr. Niazi was awarded its Prestigious Fellowship of Dawson Runyon in Cancer in 1948-1950. He presented his “Dyshenylamise Blood Test for Cancer” at the American College of Surgeons October 14, 1948. He did a great deal of research in Hypothermia as applied to open heart surgery. The first open heart surgery in the world was preformed at the University of Minnesota Hospital on October 21, 1952, by Dr. F. John Lewis. His research was continued to profound Hypothermia when the temperature was dropped down to levels producing cardiac and respiratory standstill for several hours-with complete recovery.
Profound hypothermia was researched for treatment of malignancy. A very terminal case of ovarian cancer requested the trial of profound hypothermia per her request. The procedure was undertaken with cardiac and respiratory standstill for one hour. Complete recovery was achieved. She lived 38 days after being pronounced terminal for a day or two.
Dr. Niazi after leaving the University was approached by Dr. M.I. Hauge of Clarkfield and Dr. Nelson of Granite Falls to join them in their practice. He remained in these areas until 1983 when he moved to Bakersfield, California. He retired August 1, 2003, at the age of 86 years and 6 months.
Page 2 of 2 - Suad and Dorothy (Garrison) were united in marriage on March 5, 1951, in Minneapolis. Dorothy passed away on August 9, 1988, in Bakersfield, California. He is survived by stepson, James D. Elkjer MD; brother, Dr. Ziad Niazi (who made the trip to Minnesota for the funeral); sisters, Suhaila and Salwa; grandchildren: April M. Elkjer, Christian Carl Elkjer II, Dr. Suzanna Jane Elkjer and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 37 years, Dorothy; sisters, Farheeta (wife of Dr. Baseem Rifat a former resident of Clarkfield), and Mendouba; and brother, Ayad Niazi.
Arrangements are with the Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield.