Firoozeh Khazrai, accomplished pianist and language instructor, died July 21, 2005, of brain cancer. She was 46.
Khazrai was born in Tehran, Iran. She spent a year in the United States as an American Field Service exchange student, then returned to a revolutionary Iran. In 1986 she moved permanently to the U.S., earning several degrees, including an MFA in music from Princeton.
Khazrai was fluent in eight languages. From 1998 until her death, she taught Persian in Princeton's Department of Near Eastern Studies.
Khazrai is survived by her husband, Shadi Tahvildar-Zadeh, and her two children.