Norman Solhkhah was born and raised
near Lake Urmia, Iran in 1929. He was the 5th of 7
children born to Assyrian parents -- Anna and
Unable to find the relationship.
A note from the picture says:
"Central Photo studio, Tsaritsin city, Russia".
entrepreneur who pioneered the introduction of
a new system
transportation in Northwest of Iran. This picture shows
the first transportation company
Tabriz in 1925 by Avrahim (first right standing)
After graduating high school, he
served in the Iranian army. He left Iran at the age of 20 and began
working throughout the Middle East as a survey engineer for oil
companies, including British Petroleum.
At 22, he left Kuwait and
began traveling the world. After brief travels in Europe, Dr.
Solhkhah crossed the Atlantic and went to Argentina and Brazil.
spent several years there, working with a European consortium to
gather dangerous and rare animals for display in various European
Officer Norman is leading the troop
In 1959, Dr. Solhkhah immigrated to
the United States and came to Chicago under a student visa. He
began his studies here, while working full time in various trades.
Two of his brothers had earlier immigrated to the US and were living
in Chicago. While engaging in his studies, he married and
began a family. His wife, Sylvia, was an educator. His first son,
Ramon, was born in 1968, and Cyrus followed in 1970. Ramon is
a Physician and Professor at New York University in Manhattan and
Cyrus is a Physician and Professor at the University of Illinois at
1960 and 1972, Dr. Solhkhah earned two Bachelorís Degrees (in
Psychology and Bio-engineering), a Masterís Degree in Child
Psychology and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, all
at the Illinois Institute of Technology. After obtaining his
doctoral degree he worked at the University of Illinois for five
years, in the Department of Surgery. He also worked for the
State of Illinois Department of Corrections for five years. In
the early 1970ís a huge influx of Assyrian refugees came to Chicago,
and Dr. Solhkhah was involved in providing psychological services,
and organizing vocational and educational placement. In
addition, he coordinated a team of medical professionals to provide
the refugees with medical services.
Father and sons: Left to right, Cyrus, Norman, Ramon
He began his own private practice in
the late 1970ís. During that time, and into the early 1980ís,
Dr. Solhkhah was instrumental in helping Assyrian children obtain
bilingual educational services with the Chicago Board of Education.
In the 1980ís Dr. Solhkhah opened and operated several local
business ventures, and began to invest in commercial real estate.
He retired from psychology in the late 1980ís and began to devote
his time to his real estate investments and other business
interests. He currently oversees his financial investments
consisting of commercial real estate.
In 1995, Dr. Solhkhah went to
Helsinki, Finland. He attended a conference of archaeologists
and Assyriologists, presenting their work on the history of Assyrian
people. It was the start of what has become his proudest work.
He became actively involved with those scholars and has been a
patron to their research. Dr. Solhkhah is the founder of the
Mesopotamia Museum of Chicago, a collection of ancient artifacts.
He has also sponsored lectures at the Assyrian American National
Federation Annual Convention from leading Assyriologists. In
October of 2000, Dr. Solhkhah and the Mesopotamia Museum will also
be sponsoring the MELAMMU Symposium. An annual international
conference usually held in Europe, Dr. Solhkhah went to great
lengths to ensure the millennial conference would be held in the
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rest of the family