Riaz H. Rana, 77, a statistician who founded a government contracting firm in 1978, died Nov. 4 at Howard County General Hospital. He had heart disease, according to his stepson, Christopher Emery.
Mr. Rana had lived in Columbia since 1968, when he began working at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel. In 1978, he founded Statistica Inc., a company that did computations and other work for government agencies. When he sold the company in 1994, it had 400 employees.
Riaz Hussein Rana was born in what was then known as Zafar Chowk, India, now a part of Pakistan. He was a graduate of Government College University Faisalabad in Pakistan. He was a commercial airline pilot in Pakistan before immigrating to the United States in 1960.
Mr. Rana received a master’s degree in statistics in the early 1960s from the University of Connecticut, where he taught before moving to the Washington area.
His first marriage, to the former Dana Roy, ended in divorce.
His second wife, Jacqueline Emery Rana, died in 2010 after 34 years of marriage.
Survivors include two daughters from his first marriage, Holly Bosshard of Hendersonville, N.C., and Natasha Gajewski of Princeton, N.J.; three stepchildren, Christopher Emery of Clarksville, Lynn Emery Bowen of Annapolis and Ariane Emery of Quinlan, Tex.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
— Matt Schudel