Dariush died Feb. 3, 2012, after living with neuroendocrine cancer for nearly a decade.
Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., Dariush grew up in Bethesda, Md. At age 9, he lived for a year with family in his father’s native Iran. He graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton, and earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.
A scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for 30 years, Dariush was known worldwide for his research on energy-efficient windows. Central in developing the window performance rating used today in the United States, he authored over 100 academic papers and co-authored two books.
Dariush will be remembered for mentoring young scientists and collaboratively bringing emerging technologies to market. A natural athlete, he enjoyed everything from tennis and ultimate Frisbee to rowing and hitting home runs. He was deeply engaged in his son’s life, from hobbies to schoolwork. His memorial website is: http://windows.lbl.gov/dariush.
Dariush leaves his wife, Nancy Hendrickson ’82; son Jasper; and his sister, Roya. Gifts in his memory may be made to: Agua Para La Vida — In honor of Dariush Arasteh, 2311 Webster St., Berkeley, CA 94705. We will miss Dariush’s brilliance, charm, and wit, and we send condolences to his family.