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Donor Profile: Behrouz & Nora Moti

Behrouz and Nora Moti

Behrouz and Nora Moti met while attending Middle East Technical University in Turkey. They came to the United States in 1969 to further their education. The family, which included their young daughter and son, moved to Riverside so that Behrouz could attend UCR, where he earned a master's degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in applied statistics. They have lived here since. Nora is a registered nurse.

The Gift

The couple established an annual medical scholarship to honor their son, Arya, who suddenly passed away in August 2006 at the age of 36.

Their Legacy

Valuing education, daughter Pantea Peters followed her mother's career path and is an emergency room nurse. Arya, who earned his B.S. degree in biology from UCR, turned his love of sports into a career by becoming an orthopedic surgeon who worked with national sports teams.


Nora remembered her son's humanitarian nature. When a local Girl Scout troop approached him to purchase cookies to send to the troops, Arya bought 500 boxes. He set up a scholarship for the daughter of a friend who died of cancer. Just a month before he died, he traveled to Turkey for a family reunion. While there he offered his orthopedic services at a free clinic.

Behrouz and Nora Moti

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Development
Mailing Address:
900 University Avenue, MC063
Riverside, CA 92521

Physical Address:
1955 Chicago Avenue, Ste. 200
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 827-5611
Fax: (951) 827-7311