George Malek-Yonan

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George Malek-Yonan (1924-2014) was an Iranian Assyrian international attorney, politician and athlete, and father of actress Rosie Malek-Yonan. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_0

Biography George Malek-Yonan_section_0

The Assyrian Malek family claims to trace its roots back eleven centuries. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_1

During the Assyrian Genocide of 1914-1918, Malek-Yonan's family fled to Baghdad during the Great Exodus from Urmia where he was born on 11 October 1924. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_2

He died on 14 November 2014 in California. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_3

When still a young child, his family migrated back to Iran and finally settled in Tehran. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_4

His parents were Yosip (Joseph) and Suriya, both Assyrian. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_5

His older sister, Florence, was Knighted in the early 70s and lived in Switzerland where she died on 18 February 2007. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_6

His older brother, David, was a renowned engineer in Iran who built many of Iran's major freeways and roadways as well as numerous silos in Russia. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_7

His younger brother, Cyrus, left Iran for England when he was only seventeen to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and eventually settled in Paris. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_8

Malek-Yonan married Lida Bet-Benyamin, also of Assyrian descent, in Tehran in 1950 and has two daughters: Monica Malek-Yonan and Rosie Malek-Yonan, the author of The Crimson Field and also a cast member of the long-running television series General Hospital. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_9

Malek-Yonan studied at Tehran University's Law School, earning a Law Degree in 1946 and a Degree in Political Science in 1947. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_10

In 1964 he studied law at Golden Gate Law School in San Francisco, California. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_11

He practiced international law for more than fifty years representing many of the American, European and Asian corporations in Iran. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_12

He was the attorney for the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during the American hostage takeover. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_13

He moved to the U.S. after the Iranian Revolution. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_14

The Malek-Yonan family has produced many great sons and daughters. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_15

Dr. Jesse Malek-Yonan represented the Assyrians of Urmia at the Paris Peace talks in 1919; Milton Malek-Yonan inventor of Malekized Rice; Shushan Malek-Yonan author of a children's book (1927) published in Tabriz, Iran; Rev. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_16

Isaac Malek-Yoninan author of several books and essays including The Beloved Physician of Teheran (1933) and Persian Women (1898); Norman Malek-Yonan author of The Christmas Story (1958); Terrence Malick, Oscar-nominated director and writer of The New World (2005), The Thin Red Line (1998), Days of Heaven (1978), Badlands (1973). George Malek-Yonan_sentence_17

Sports George Malek-Yonan_section_1

Three gold medals presented at Mar-Mar Palace in Tehran by the former Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, earned George Malek-Yonan the title of Champion of Champions in Iranian Sports in the fields of track and field, pentathlon and soccer, bringing the total of medals awarded to him to 47. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_18

His brother, David, was also awarded numerous gold medals by the Shah. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_19

Malek-Yonan played high school soccer, basketball and volleyball. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_20

After a chance encounter with Iran's track and field coach, Ahmad Izadpanah, at Amjadieh Stadium (today known as Shahid Shiroudi Stadium), Malek-Yonan became interested in track and field. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_21

In 1934 Izadpanah had begun organizing various track and field meets and by 1936, the Iranian Athletics Federation was established and Iran joined the International Amateur Athletics Federation. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_22

Malek-Yonan first competed in the long jump and triple jump in 1944 (1323) where he earned two silver medals. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_23

The same year he participated in Iran's University competitions in the long jump, the triple jump, javelin and shot put, earning four more silver medals. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_24

While studying law at Tehran University, he won a gold medal in table tennis in 1946 (1325) and was a member of the University of Tehran Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball teams. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_25

Malek-Yonan was the most decorated athlete at Iran's 1948 (1327) National Athletic Competitions, earning him the title of Champion of Champions. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_26

He was the only athlete in 1948 to have received a gold medal as well as winning the Track and Field Cup. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_27

He competed in the pentathlon (2 x 100 meters, 1,500 meters, javelin, discus and long jump), as well as the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump, winning four gold medals and earning first place at the 1948 Olympic Games Qualifiers. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_28

However he did not compete at the Olympics. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_29

Records George Malek-Yonan_section_2

Malek-Yonan's 1948 (1327) record: George Malek-Yonan_sentence_30

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  • 100 Meters, 11/5 Seconds, Event: National Championship, Gold MedalGeorge Malek-Yonan_item_0_0
  • 200 Meters, 24/4 Seconds, Event: National Championship, Gold MedalGeorge Malek-Yonan_item_0_1
  • Long Jump, 7/55 Meters, Event: National Championship, Gold MedalGeorge Malek-Yonan_item_0_2
  • Pentathlon, 2305, Event: National Championship, Gold MedalGeorge Malek-Yonan_item_0_3

Malek-Yonan's 1950 (1329) record: George Malek-Yonan_sentence_31

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  • Long Jump, 6/43 Meters, Event: National ChampionshipGeorge Malek-Yonan_item_1_4
  • At the Eastern Mediterranean Cup Championship he took the bronze medal in the 200 Meters, but came in fifth place in the Long Jump and Triple Jump.George Malek-Yonan_item_1_5

Politics George Malek-Yonan_section_3

A leading international attorney, George Malek-Yonan was responsible for procuring a seat for Assyrians as a recognized minority in the Iranian Parliament, thus giving Assyrians and Chaldeans a political voice in Iran. George Malek-Yonan_sentence_32

See also George Malek-Yonan_section_4

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Malek-Yonan.