BEDFORD, Mass. — At a time when the computer industry in Massachusetts was in fear about the impeding Y2K, Varoujan “Val” Asbedian saved the day.
Armed with three master’s degrees and a keen mind, Asbedian served as the state’s first Chief Information Officer.
The appointment not only centralized and consolidated four legislative IT groups under Asbedian but also signaled that lawmakers were becoming increasingly aware of technology’s role in society.
Flags in government buildings throughout his hometown of Bedford were lowered to half mast to an individual who not only embraced local and state politics but served as a vibrant member of the Armenian community.
His death on January 16 leaves behind an exemplary lifestyle applauded by one and all. His funeral took place at St. Stephen’s Armenian Church in Watertown, where Val had served on the altar and with the Board of Trustees while maintaining a strong spiritual life.