Flags Flew at Half Staff Friday for Former Vice Mayor Hadi Monsef

Described as a "man of the people," and a "man of great integrity" Hadi Monsef passed away last Thursday.

Hadi was appointed to the City Council on May 17, 1983, to fill the vacancy left by Anne Diament when she was elected mayor. Alameda voters elected Hadi to the City Council in his own right in 1985 and he served as vice mayor from May 21, 1985 to May 19, 1987. He continued serving on the council until April 18, 1989.

Running under the campaign slogan "Honesty, Authority, Dedication and Integrity (HADI)" Hadi is indeed remembered for those qualities so often missing from politics.

"He was a man of great integrity," said Del Blaylock, a local business owner who worked with Hadi in his role at the Alameda Rotary Club. "He wasn’t swayed by outside forces; he considered the facts and took the heat for his own decisions. He was honest and upright and those were his strongest

Born in Iran on Jan. 25, 1933, Hadi came to America in 1957 to study at Oklahoma State University. He graduated in 1962 with a degree in electrical engineering. He also studied business management at Golden Gate University when he moved to San Francisco. Hadi came to Alameda in the early part of the 1970s.

He served as an electrical engineer for the state of California, as an engineering supervisor for Bechtel Corp. and president of Mercury Consultants Inc. during the 1970s.

He also served as chairman and director of Westerned Electronics Show and Convention (WESCON), chairman and board member for the San Francisco Council of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) chairman and CEO of Electronics Conventions Incorporatied (ECI) and chairman of the East Bay Section of IEEE and the IEEE Power Engineering Society of the East Bay. He also had been an engineering management consultant since 1983.

During the 1980s, Hadi served on serveral boards for Alameda County, including: the Solid Waste

Management Authority, the Training & Employment Board and its Associated Community Action Program, the Airport Land Use Commission and the Assessment Appeals Board. He also sat on the city’s Public Utilities Board from 1975 to 1983, serving as its president three times.

Hadi’s later career focused on real estate. He became a real estate broker in 1985 and had been a member of the Alameda Association of Realtors (AAOR)since 1986. In 1992 Monsef joined OMM, Inc., working as broker with Jan Mason and the team that would become like his second family. In 2011 he was awarded Honorary Membership for Life with AAOR and the California Association of Realtors.

He also received the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from AAOR. He served as the local association’s president in 2002 and 2006. He also chaired the AAOR Public Affairs, Public Relations and Government Relations Liaison committees.

Hadi was a distinguished Rotarian. He served as Rotary Club of Alameda’s President in 1982 and Rotary International District Governor (the second highest position in the organization, overseeing nearly 60 clubs) in 2001 and 2002. According to Blaylock, "He worked dilligently for Rotary in many facets, and his knowledge of the club’s history was quite extensive."

Hadi worked to benefit children as a president of the Alameda Girls Club, and as a board member of the Alameda Boy Scouts Council and the Alameda Family Service Agency, as well as an advisory board member for the Alameda Boys and Girls Club. As the Girls Club evolved into Girls Inc. of the Island City, Hadi continued his involvement, serving as president twice and as a board member or community advisor for more than 30 years.

In service to military personnel, Hadi was president of the Alameda Navy League Council for several years beginning in 1992. He was appointed the Mayor’s Military Liaison by mayors Beverly Johnson and Marie Gilmore.

He was also a vice president and director of Encinal Yacht Club.

Hadi also appreciated the arts, serving as president of the Alameda Mozart Festival and as a founding member of the Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) Community Advisory Board. He was posthumously presented with a gear in recognition of his support of RCW this past Thursday.

He is survived by his brothers Stanley Monsef, his wife, Kanui; Mehdi Monsef, both of Las Vegas; and Mike Monsef, his wife Paula; and nieces and nephews: Sherry Monsef, Ali Monsef and Lalel Behbahanian. While working with OMM, Inc. Hadi and Jan Mason became close friends. Monsef’s family refers to Mason as "his angel" while Jan refers to herself as "Hadi’s sister in love."

A celebration of the life of Hadi Monsef is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

In lieu of flowers, Hadi asked that donations be made to Girls Inc. of the Island City, 1724 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA 94501, or www.girlsincislandcity.org, or the Alameda Rotary Endowment Foundation, c/o Deb Knowles, 1333 Park St., Suite D, Alameda, CA 94501.

For further information, contact Harry W. Greer of Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services, funeral director FDR-745. (510) 522-6020.