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Haidar D. Haidary, age 79, of Stillwater, passed away in Oklahoma City at Integris Baptist Medical Center on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

A private family burial was held Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Fairlawn Cemetery. A public celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 am at the Wes Watkins Center (corner of Hall of Fame and Washington) in the Legacy Room #101.

Haidar was born on September 9, 1936 to Dr. Darwish Haidary and Rafia Gaylani in Baghdad, Iraq. He was the first born and eldest son in a family of eight children. He originally came to the U.S. to attend his father's alma mater, Texas A&M (a military school at the time) in College Station, Texas, and to study mechanical engineering. He later decided to pursue a career in agricultural studies as his father had and transferred to Oklahoma State University (OSU).

It was at OSU that he met and married Kay Endorf Haidary. The couple lived and worked in Denver, Colorado several years before returning to Stillwater for Haidar to complete his studies. While at OSU, Haidar earned a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1970 and an M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1972. They established their home in Stillwater raising two daughters, Deana and Anisa.

Haidar joined the Oklahoma Department of Economic and Community Affairs (DECA, now the Oklahoma Department of Commerce) as an Economic Development Specialist in 1973 and was responsible for the administration and staff supervision of federally funded economic development assistance programs until 1980. Haidar joined the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Division of International Marketing in 1981. As an International Trade Coordinator, he was responsible for coordinating the marketing function of Oklahoma food producers and the commercial development of foreign markets for exportation purposes. His career afforded him the opportunity to travel all over the world, with recent travel focusing on Mexico and Central and South America. Haidar only recently began entertaining the idea of retiring from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and spoke of dedicating time to mentoring students interested in international trade and completing the refurbishment of his beloved 1966 Mustang.

Survivors include his wife Kay; children: Deana Atwood and husband Jeff of Stillwater, Anisa Haidary and husband Michael Hackenberg of Philadelphia, PA; grandchild: Laith Atwood of Stillwater; siblings: Dr. Anwar Haidary and his wife Souzan Rantisi, Asma Haidary, Faryal Haidary and her husband Dr. Ali Khogali, Shems Wadi and her husband Anees, and Thuraya Haidary; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Mohammed Haidary and sister Fatima Haidary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Haidar D. Haidary Scholarship in Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University, 400 S. Monroe, Stillwater, OK 74074. To donate online, please visit osugiving.com/haidary.
Published on September 16, 2016
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