By Hagop Vartivarian
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. – Over a period of more than twenty years, the name Nazar Nazarian has turned everywhere into a synonym for unwavering dedication, solicitous compassion, paternal nurturement, and openhearted, interested and princely donation. It is firmly connected with the realms of Armenian education, church, medicine, philanthropy and publishing. While remaining one of the leading figures in the foremost Armenian philanthropic organization, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Nazarian’s benevolence has touched nearly all Armenian institutions, whether in the diaspora or in the Armenian homeland.
On August 2, members of the Nazarian family, friends, compatriots and associates will assembly to mark his 90th birthday in his home state of New Jersey. They will express their gratitude and congratulate him, wishing him many more healthy and happy years.
Nazar Nazarian has earned various high-level awards, including the Surp Krikor Lusavorich from our church, the Movses Khorenatsi from the Republic of Armenia, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in the US. Perhaps more importantly, he has won the boundless gratitude of Armenian students in schools and universities, AGBU members, intellectuals, clergy, writers, and idealists. Over a period of over 60 years of wide-ranging interest in Armenian affairs, he has become family with the pains and plans of each of our establishments, churches, organizations, schools and newspapers. Together with his kind wife Artemis, a great Armenian woman, he attempted to generously help them all, and, more importantly, has understood that our Armenian institutions are carrying out a unique and indispensable mission, the preservation of the Armenian people and the strengthening of ties between the Republic of Armenia and the diaspora.