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Dr. Alan Baharlou dies; former PU geology department head

Dr. Alan Baharlou, 1936-2017Dr. Alan Baharlou, 1936-2017

September 01, 2017

Dr. Alan Baharlou, former chair of the Phillips University Geology Department, died on August 21, 2017 at his cabin in Estes Park, Colorado. He was born on March 24, 1936 in Tehran, Iran to Yadolah Baharlou, and Habibeh Khorrami and had one younger brother Hassan, and two younger sisters Parvaneh and Parvene.


Alan earned a Baccalaureate from the University of Tehran in 1958 where he finished first in his class and was valedictorian of his college. He chose to complete his studies in the United States, earning a Masters degree in geophysics in 1962 from the University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Tulsa in 1973.

Alan married the love of his life, Carlene (Remund) Baharlou in 1963, celebrating 54 years of marriage this year. It was love at first sight, he always said.


After completing his Ph.D., Alan and Carlene settled in Enid, Oklahoma, where he was Chair of the Geology Department at Phillips University for 13 years including Dean of Sciences for the last 3 years. Their daughters, Roxanne and Carlotta, were born in 1966 and 1969, respectively. In 1980, the Baharlou family moved to Charleston, Illinois, where Alan accepted a position as chairperson of the Geology/Geography Department at Eastern Illinois University. After 25 years at EIU, Alan officially retired in 2005, but continued to serve EIU and the Charleston community in a myriad of ways. He will be remembered fondly for the love of his family, his adopted country, and his Phillips University and EIU families.


Alan is survived by his wife Carlene of Charleston; two daughters, Roxanne Cornebise (Michael) and Carlotta Baharlou, both of Charleston; and four grandchildren, Madeline Baharlou-Quivey, Sam and Sofia Cornebise and Charlie Gaines. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Alanís life will be honored with a Visitation to be held from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in the Dvorak Concert Hall at the Doudna Fine Arts Center located at 1860 Seventh Street on the EIU Campus. A Memorial Service will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, 2017, also to be held in the Dvorak Concert Hall of the Doudna Fine Arts Center. EIU will provide free valet parking at Doudna Circle for those needing assistance to both events. Those desiring to continue in a celebration of Alanís life are invited to an informal gathering at the home of Michael and Roxanne Cornebise following the Memorial Service at approximately 2:30 p.m. The gathering will be an outdoor event with food, drinks, music and fun. Attendees are asked to bring their favorite stories of Alan to share.


Memorial gifts may be left on the memorial table at the Visitation or Service, or may be mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.


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