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Traz Akhavan, 80

Traz Akhavan, 80, died Saturday, November 2, 2013 at St. Cloud Hospital.

Traz was born May 23, 1933 in Hammadan to Mourad and Homayoun (Mehdi) Akhavan. He was educated in Tehran where he completed his medical degree. Traz moved to the United States where he completed his internship and residency.

During his residency in Knoxville, TN he met Gail Elkins. On December 28, 1962 the couple was united in marriage. To this union the couple was blessed with four children. In 1965, the couple moved to Alexandria and he was the second specialist to move into the area. Dr. Akhavan was hired to set-up the Pathology Department, where he covered Alexandria and a 150-mile radius.

Traz enjoyed gardening and reading. He thoroughly enjoyed working and helping people. Most importantly, he loved being with his wife and family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Gail; children, Shirene (Farhad) Gounili of Woodbury, Katrina (Aaron) Binstock of Maple Grove, Suesan (Rami) Guirguis of Duluth and Brian Akhavan of West Fargo; grandchildren, Justin, Shayda, Cory and Joey Gounili, Noah, Ian and Savannah Binstock, and Alexander and Christian Guirguis; brothers, Habib (Pouran) Akhavan, Khalil (Pari) Akhavan, Badi (Shahin) Akhavan and Ati (Soroor) Akhavan; sister, Mahboubeh Anvary; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Traz was preceded in death by his parents, Mourad and Homayoun; brother, Rouhollah; and sister, Zarin.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, November 5 at Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria. Interment was at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;