By Daphne Abeel
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
Jerair Gharibian, who died in 1991, made an important contribution to Armenian culture in the Boston area, when, in 1980, he founded the Boston Armenian Independent Radio Hour, which to this day broadcasts news and commentary of interest to the Armenian community.
His widow, Yevgine Gharibian, who hosts the broadcasts, has now paid further tribute to her husband’s legacy with the publication of Armenian Journalism 1794-1977, written to fulfill his master’s degree requirement at Boston University.
Gharibian had a rich and varied life as a writer and a journalist. Born to Armenian parents in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1937, he began his education there, but traveled later to London to study at a branch of London University, where he studied industrial management. While in London, he became a co-founder of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Navasardian Committee.
In 1964, following his graduation, he moved to Tehran, where he lived for 10 years, immersing himself in the social and political life of the Armenian community there. He was particularly