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Dr Hooshang Taybi, a world-renowned pediatric radiologist and treasured friend and colleague, died at his home in Walnut Creek, Calif, on August 7, 2006. He was born on October 22, 1919, in Malayer, Iran. After graduating from Tehran University School of Medicine (Iran) in 1944, he took an interesting, circuitous route to become one of the most well-respected and accomplished pediatric radiologists in the world. Dr Taybi had an encyclopedic memory and the ability to recall articles, authors, and page numbers from the 100 journals he read on a regular basis. Those of us who knew him well recognize that he was much more than the sum of his awards and accomplishments. His passion for learning and teaching; his warmth and kindness to patients, staff, and colleagues; his integrity; and his generosity never ceased to amaze us. He was truly inspirational to the many people he touched. Dr Taybi arrived in the United States in December 1948, intent upon receiving specialty training in pediatrics. To complete his pediatric residency, he worked at Akron Children's Hospital (Ohio), where he met a nurse, Alice Baum, who was working with children with polio. They later married and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The radiologists in Akron convinced him to be trained in pediatric radiology with Dr Fred Silverman in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their relationship as teacher and student, and later as colleagues and friends, had a profound impact on his life and career. After completing radiology board requirements in New York, Dr Taybi accepted pediatric radiology positions in Oklahoma, Indiana, and San Francisco. In 1967, he was hired as director of radiology at Children's Hospital Oakland (CHO) (Calif), where he spent the majority of his illustrious career. He continued as director until 1986 and worked part time at CHO until 1990. For many years (beginning in 1964), he had been an active clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco. From 1987 to 1994, he served there as a part-time attending pediatric radiologist.