The sudden loss of Ali Akbar Kameli on 24 January left all his students, colleagues and followers in shock. He died at the age of 83, while he was still healthy enough to teach P&O students in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences.
Ali Akbar started his career at the age of 9 and started training people to make shoes when he was 25 in a technical centre established by French delegates and the Red Crescent Organization in Tehran, Iran. Because many people needed orthoses and prostheses after the second war in Iran, a technical orthopaedic centre was established with the support of the United Nations and the Iranian government. Ali Akbar was the first orthopaedic technician. He started making medical shoes in 1965. He has made many creative orthoses and shoe fillers since then. After the establishment of a P&O department in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences 40 years ago, he was invited to work as a trainer of P&O students.
He worked until the last day of his valuable life with love to help people. His colleagues, students and friends are going to miss him.