Mrs. Deena Mistri

She was married to Minoo P. Mistri, who completed his schooling from the J.J. School of Art in Bombay and went to become a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA). He was the first FRIBA architect in Karachi after partition and has built many landmarks all over Pakistan. Mr. Mistri and his mother moved to Karachi from Bombay in 1935, after he took a liking to the city where he worked on several projects.

They lived in a flat on Frere Road when she married him. Then they moved to a flat on Bunder Road (close to the school) in 1962 and lived there for 40 years. They finally moved to a house in Parsi Colony in 2002 and lived there till they both passed away. They have two sons Farhad and Afshad Mistri – both now reside in the U.S.

In 1991 Mrs. Mistri was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. She underwent a radical mastectomy operation in Karachi and then was flown to George Washington University Hospital for further cancer treatment. She was on leave from the B.V.S for six months. She spent that time with her niece in Silver Spring, Maryland who nursed her back to health. Her cancer stayed in remission for another 20 years.


Mrs. Mistri was awarded the "Pride of Performance" by the President of Pakistan - General Pervez Musharraf on 23rd March 2002 for her contribution to the education system in Pakistan. She was also on the Governor’s Education Committee for the Sind Board of Education. She received awards and thanks on many occasions for her contribution to the field of education.

She served as a Trustee for the Karachi Parsi Anjuman, served as Vice Chair for the Parsi General Hospital and was on Parsi Colony committee till she passed away – fully contributing her life to social service.