By Kevork Keushkerian
GLENDALE, Calif. — Well known long time educator, prolific writer, public speaker and author of many books, Yervant Babayan, was honored jointly by the Tekeyan Cultural Association’s Los Angeles Chapter and the Armenian Aintabtzy Cultural Association on Sunday, March 7, at Glendale’s Central Library. The program was held under the auspices of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. A capacity crowd had filled the hall from early on to pay tribute to their teacher, principal and colleague.
The event honored Babayan for 75 years of public service to the Armenian communities in Syria, Lebanon and the United States and the presentation of his latest book, They Should Not Be Forgotten. Master of Ceremonies Parsegh Kartalian made the opening remarks, and then presented the honoree’s biography.
The chairman of TCA’s Los Angeles Chapter, Vatche Semerdjian, was notable among the host of speakers. Semerdjian first dwelled upon Babayan the writer and publisher, enumerating his many books published over more than half a century, then he presented his latest publication, They Should Not Be Forgotten. This book includes the biographies of many prominent figures in the Armenian communities in the Middle East and the United States; such as Kersam Aharonian, Antranig Antreasian, Alexander Saroukhan, Alec Kledjian, Noubar Agishian and Antranig Tzarougian.
Armenian General Benevolent Union’s Central Board of Directors member Sinan Sinanian took to the podium and reminisced about Babayan, who had been his principal. He then read AGBU President Berge Setrakian’s congratulatory letter and presented the honoree with the President’s Medal of Honor.
Takouhi Arzoumanian spoke on behalf of the Armenian Aintabtzy Cultural Association and Dr. Kevork