In Memorial

Oscar Behzad

Date of Death: November 1st, 2021
27 Cheshvan 5782


Oscar Behzad, 89, beloved husband of 61 wonderful years to Marion Sherman-Behzad, devoted to his 4 daughters, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, a brother, many nieces and nephews and their families. Oscar came as a student from Iran in 1958 and settled in Chicago, later moving to Arlington Heights, where he lived the rest of his life. Over his long and storied career in blood banking and immunohematology, Oscar saved many lives in Chicago and across the region: He oversaw blood banking at the American Red Cross and various hospitals, trained several generations of students, and was a pioneering researcher and developer in the freezing of blood and blood platelets. In the 1980s, he was a key figure in helping to bring new blood testing for HIV to labs and hospitals fighting the AIDS epidemic. He also served as a courtroom expert for newly developed blood paternity testing. Graveside service Friday 2 PM at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Federation For Aging Research ( To leave condolences and for information, including zoom link to view service: (847)255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Friday, November 5th at 2:00 pm
Service Location: Graveside Service -Shalom Chapel Service

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights

Guest Book & Memories

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November 5th, 2021

I had this chance to met him when I was a child, l have many good memories about him. Rest in peace

~His Niece’s daughter, Mashhad

November 5th, 2021

accept my deepest condolences for your loss. My beloved uncle, a man with a heart full of love. He ment a lot to me,I will never forget him.


November 5th, 2021

I had the chance to meet him once. He was a kind man. He was very similar to my grandfather Mahmoud. I have good memories of meeting him. May God have mercy on his soul.
My condolences to his family and friends.

~His Niece’s Son, Tehran

November 4th, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Oscar's death. May his memory be for a blessing.

~Ira Rumick
~, Northbrook

November 3rd, 2021

 Annette Haskell

My parents were good friends with Oscar (and Marion) and family. He and my dad Manny would play backgammon (a board game) for hours. We would know who won when they would scream and roar when the game was over.
I also remember one summer evening after my parents put my sister and I to bed, we were woken up about 20 minutes later saying we are going bike riding with the Behzad's. Then afterwards we got ice cream cones at Dairy Queen.
Also one year all of us kids would make a Halloween haunted house in there basement and my sister Lisa and Anna's sister Lisa accidentally started a fire in the basement. Oscar was really mad.
I also liked listening to Oscar's stories from his work. He was really interesting, funny and a very intelligent man. He will be missed.
May God bless him and his family. Much love Annette Haskell

~Annette Haskell
~Long time friend, McKinney, Texas


Yahrzeit Dates For Oscar Behzad

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
27th of Heshvan 578311/21/2022
27th of Heshvan 578411/11/2023
27th of Heshvan 578511/28/2024
27th of Heshvan 578611/18/2025
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