The following is a message that was sent to NIH (where Shahriar was working, by his top boss, Dan Wheeland.
(Shahriar's nickname at work was Shah)
It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the untimely passing of Shah Saleh. He passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on December 2, 2010.
An employee of NIH for over 20 years, he supervised a wide range of capital projects. Shah most recently served as the Chief of Capital Projects East. He oversaw the construction of the Gateway Center. He was extremely proud to work on a facility that makes the first impression to thousands of visitors to the NIH.
He was known as a devoted husband and father, a consummate professional and a caring leader. In addition to his normal duties as a Branch Chief, he was active in the ORF Safety Committee, serving most recently as the chair of the committee. He was also a strong participant in the ORS Strategic Planning effort, focusing on ORS-ORF partnering opportunities.
Shah will be sorely missed in ORF and throughout NIH. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy of professionalism and dedication. Shah was recently awarded an OD Merit Award for his efforts related to the NIH portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It is anticipated that one of his sons will accept the award on Shah’s behalf at the ceremony on December 17, 2010.
In addition to his engineering career, Shah was an accomplished musician. Born in Tehran, Iran, Shah began playing santur (a type of hammered dulcimer) at the age of 11, followed by violin and guitar. He came to the U.S. in 1967. While attending engineering school, he also minored in music. Upon completion of his graduate work, he returned to Iran in 1975, and for four years worked with many prominent Iranian musicians, focusing on Persian classical music. He returned to the U.S. in 1979, established the "Saba Ensemble" to revive great Persian classical pieces, and ever since, either with the ensemble, or as a solo artist, performed in many universities, and other cultural institutions.
Since 1982 he taught santur, violin, tombak, vocal and guitar. He was proud to have been able to share his love and knowledge of Persian classical music with many talented Iranian students of all ages. Once he retired, his goal was to establish a formal artistic center in the Washington Metropolitan Area for preservation and enhancement of Persian classical music, as well as many other unique arts of Iran. Shah performed regularly at the Kennedy Center. One of his performances can be viewed at: kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=10776&source_type=B.
Shah is survived by his wife Afsaneh, two sons, Arya and Aryan, and a daughter, Azita. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 2-5 PM at the Bethesda Marriott Grand Ballroom. The hotel is located at 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Should you be interested in donating flowers, please contact Mike Robertson at 301-594-0999 or Lynn Daugherty at 301-496-5131.
Director, Office of Research Facilities
Parvaz Homay also wrote the following on his face book
یادداشت پرواز همای در سوگِ درگذشتِ استاد «شهریار صالح»:
با دلی شکسته و اندوهگین درگذشت دوست و استاد ارجمندم شهریار صالح را به همسر مهربانش و دوستانم تسلیت میگویم. همیشه به نیکنامی از این استاد و مرد بزرگ یاد خواهیم کرد، او نه تنها استادی چیرهدست در نواختن سنتور به شیوهٔ استاد ورزنده بود بلکه آموزگار اخلاق و انسانیت بود.
شهریار مهربانم افتخار میکنم همراه با ساز زیبای تو آواز خواندهام، روحت شاد و یادت همیشه در دل ماست