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President Barbara R. Snyder speaks on the life of Iranian community leader Homa Gharib and her work in assisting immigrant women and families

Homa Gharib, advocate for Cleveland’s Iranian community and women’s education, dies at 94 Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University, offered thoughts on the life of Homa Gharib, who worked to help immigrant women and families through the Cleveland Council for World Affairs and was a strong supporter of education for women: “Homa possessed an extraordinary combination of intelligence, strength and warmth,” said Snyder. “She brought all of those qualities and more to assisting newly arrived immigrant families—and to instilling a love of learning among her daughters. We will miss her deeply.” A scholarship fund to recognize women with high academic achievement is being organized in Gharib’s name at the university, where she and four of her daughters—Moti, Simin, Soheyla and Susie—attended.