Ali M. Naghsh, MD, beloved pediatrician, died peacefully on April 17, 2023, at age 91. Dr. Naghsh was a kind and
gentle soul, caring for thousands of children during his career. He lived a long and notable life, helping parents
nurture their children from infancy through adolescence.
Born in Isfahan, Iran in 1931, he graduated from Tehran University and Medical School in 1954 and completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Brooklyn Hospital. He broke ground for a new office building at 51 Hurley Avenue in 1978, where he opened a pediatric practice that flourished until his recent retirement in 2021. Dr. Naghsh’s medical practice and career set a high bar for outstanding pediatric care in the Hudson Valley. He was a devoted practitioner and an old-school physician. He conducted house calls long after most doctors abandoned the practice, reserving an hour each morning for office calls at his home, where he reassured countless worried parents. Dr. Naghsh listened carefully to parents as their opinions mattered deeply to him.
Everyone recognized Dr. Naghsh. Wherever he went, from the post office, Stella’s Restaurant, to Adams, members of the community would stop to greet him, sharing stories about their children and expressing notes of gratitude for
his devotion to their well-being long after they had aged out of his practice. Dr. Naghsh also extended his candor to fellow physicians in the community by attending a weekly meeting formally held in the cafeteria at Kingston Hospital, dubbed the Saturday Breakfast Club. Here doctors gather to share tea and exchange stories, but more importantly, foster lifelong friendships.
When he took time away from medicine, Dr. Naghsh was an avid gardener and home cook. He regularly made his own yogurt and tahdig Persian rice. For vacations, he loved traveling to all areas of Switzerland, delighting in their chocolate, leather goods, and watches. He loved to be home with his family, tending to his cherished rose bushes or tomato plants, or admiring his beloved 1986 Mercedes.
Dr. Naghsh was a quiet and modest man, known by everyone as a true gentleman who devoted his entire career to helping and caring for young people. For Dr. Naghsh, medicine was not a job but a calling; he kept his office doors open for more than 55 years, and he continued to work long after most other people would have retired, while still maintaining the same high quality of care he had always given to his patients.
Dr. Naghsh, loving husband and father, will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Nancy; children, Anthony (Sheila) Naghsh, Mark (Minhee) Naghsh, Metra (Ralph) Appa, and Alexandra (John) Browning; grandchildren, Tiernan, Finnian, Ayla, Nickolas, Gene, Weston, Cody, Jacob, Natalie, and Sabrina; nieces Mandana Hedayat (Tejav DeGanyar), Maya DeGanyar, Quentara (Stephen) Costa and family as well as extended family in Iran.
A private graveside service was held at the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Rt. 28 Allaben. Arrangements are under the direction of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 main St. Phoenicia. You may share a special memory, photo, or condolence with the family on Dr. Naghsh's Tribute Wall at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com
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