Nader Batmanghelidj, 95, a retired Iranian Army lieutenant general who also had served as an Iranian ambassador and cabinet minister and who had lived in Herndon since settling in the Washington area in 1989, died of kidney failure April 24 at the Cameron Glen Care Center in Reston.
Gen. Batmanghelidj had been armed forces chief of staff before serving as ambassador to Pakistan from 1955 to 1957 and ambassador to Iraq in 1957 and 1958. He served as interior minister in 1958 and 1959. In the early 1960s, he was chairman of the Military Group of the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO). He spent three years as governor general of Iran's Khorasan Province before retiring in 1967.
He was arrested by Iranian authorities after the 1979 revolution brought a militant Shiite government to power. He served three years of a life sentence before he was released to come to this country for medical treatment and to visit family members.
Gen. Batmanghelidj was commissioned in the Iranian Army in the 1920s, following his graduation from the Iranian Military Academy. He took training courses in both Germany and Czechoslovakia before World War II. In 1941, as a colonel, he was imprisoned by the British Army, which occupied part of Iran. He was released from prison after the war and participated in the liberation of Azerbaijan from Soviet occupation forces.
In 1951, he was named Iran's athletic program chief by the left-wing government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. In 1953, he was imprisoned, again for political reasons, and was released and returned to the Army following Mossadegh's overthrow.
Gen. Batmanghelidj, who had served on the Council of Political Deputies of the Baghdad Pact (CENTO) in the late 1950s, was the recipient of Iran's Order of Sepah and its Legion of Merit. His first wife, Mahin Banu Mirfendereski Batmanghelidj, died in 1974.
Survivors include his wife, Nayer Moluk Sadoughi Batmanghelidj of Herndon; two children from first marriage, Sohrab Batmanghelidj of Iran, and Shohreh Batmanghelidj of Herndon; a stepdaughter, Chakameh Sadoughi, also of Herndon; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son from his first marriage, Darab, died in 1968.