Dr. S. Maqsood Mahmoud, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 22, 2018 at his home. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, he spent the second half of his life in his beloved Ashland, Oregon.

Just 47 years young, Maqsood suffered a stroke in Kabul, which left him unable to speak or express himself verbally for the rest of his life. Yet he continued to find joy and passion in life through varied interests, from gardening to chess to daily walks. His kind and gentle smile and his noble bearing expressed more than all of us combined.

Maqsood graduated from Kabul University in Afghanistan in 1960 with an MD degree in General Medicine and received additional certifications from the University of Nancy, in France in 1970 and from the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning in 1975. He practiced as a pediatrician for over 20 years and loved taking care of young children. An athlete for most of his life including in his later years when he’d log daily runs, Maqsood was a member of the 12-person field hockey team to represent Afghanistan in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. He was also an avid gardener, growing beautiful roses, a master chess player, and he was devoted to his grandchildren.

Maqsood is survived by his wife of 58 years, Zabia; two sons, Khaled (Freshta) of Dublin, California and Said Zobire (Jackie) of Lake Zurich, Illinois; his daughter, Mariam (Tim) of Piedmont, Calif.; and grandchildren, Darian, Grace Isabella, and Clara.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 98, Ashland, OR, 97520.