Elizabeth Bevan Gholmohammadi, Knight of Bahá'u'lláh, co-founder of Swedish Assembly
Elizabeth “Libby” Bevan Gholmohammadi was honored as a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh for establishing the first Bahá’í community on the Greek island of Rhodes, and later served for numerous years on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Sweden.
She passed away on March 22, 2013, at age 88. She had lived in the TEDA area of Tianjin, China, since 2004.
Libby was taught the Bahá’í Faith in her youth by Dorothy Baker, who was later designated a Hand of the Cause.
In response to Shoghi Effendi’s call in 1953 for pioneers to arise and open virgin territories to the Faith, Libby at age 28 left her community in Los Angeles, California, and moved to Rhodes in Greece. For this service she earned the distinction of Knight of Bahá’u’lláh, and she remained there until 1958.
Later she moved to Sweden, where she served the Faith with her husband, Rouhollah Gholmohammadi, and raised her family. In 1962 she was elected to Sweden’s first National Spiritual Assembly, and the next year as a delegate at the first International Bahá’í Convention she participated in voting for the Universal House of Justice.
In retirement Libby and her husband moved once again to Hungary, joining their daughter, Haleh, and served the Cause for four years in that country. In 1998 she and her husband returned to Sweden, where her husband passed away in 1999.
In 2004 at age 79 Libby moved to Tianjin, again to be near her daughter. She suffered a stroke in July 2011, nearly two years before her passing.
Elizabeth Gholmohammadi is survived by her daughter, Haleh, and her son, Roshan.
Information from Lea Gentile