• May 22, 1930 - May 20, 2017
  • Northfield, Illinois

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Hassan Najafi, 86, of Northfield. Loving husband of Marsha Najafi, nee Dunn; devoted father of Kevin Najafi, Susan (Andrew) Davidoff, Melinda (Paul) Cooke, and Chris (Jill) Najafi; proud grandfather of Brian, Sophie, Matthew, Bailey, Grace, Maggie, Jacob, and Adam. Hassan Najafi was born May 22, 1930 in Tehran, Iran. He completed his surgical residency at Pahlavi University Hospital in December 1956 before moving to the United States. He married Marsha Ann Dunn from Pocatello, Idaho, on December 28, 1959 and became a U.S. citizen on July 7, 1964. He established residence in Northfield, Illinois with his family and remained there. On December 27, 1968, he performed the first successful heart transplant operation in Chicago. In 1972 he became chairman of the department of cardiovascular-thoracic surgery at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago for a period lasting 25 years. Friends and family will gather Saturday, May 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral services, 12:00 noon, at Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) appreciated.