By Alin K. Gregorian
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Ararat Lodge of Knights of Vartan paid tribute to three community activists and several long-time members at a gala reception on Friday, September 24, at the Sheraton Commander Hotel.
The three honorees were Arthur Maranian, state Rep. Peter Koutoujian Jr. (D-Waltham) and Heather Krafian.
Michael Boodakian, a 40-year member of the Knights, introduced Maranian, who received the 40-year award. Calling his friend “a magnificent person,” he recalled the fundraisers Maranian had organized “to help Aintabtsi boys go to college.”
He continued about his friend of 60 years, “He’s done a lot of good all over the Boston area.”
Maranian said that his family had arrived on these shores from Aintab. “My father would tell us tales of what they did to our people.” He noted that he wanted his parents, “who are with God” to see the ceremony of the night and see how the Armenian community had changed over the years.