NICOSIA, Cyprus — Writer and Armenian Democratic Liberal activist Smbad Devletian died here on March 24 at the age of 93.
He was born on the Greek island of Lesbos in 1923, where his parents had fled to from Turkey. He studied through fourth grade in the Greek school in Kavala. He went to fifth and six grades at the Armenian school of Kavala, and afterwards continued his education at the Melkonian Educational Institute of Cyprus, from which he graduated in 1942.
He went to England to attend university, and after passing all the law examinations of the Council of Legal Education, he received the title of Barrister-at-Law. In addition, he graduated from the department of jurisprudence of the University of London.
Devletian practiced law in Cyprus from 1956, but he was also a writer by avocation. He chose law so that he could become a financially independent individual, and he was able to maintain an independent stance on Armenian community and national affairs, though this always was consonant with Armenian Democratic Liberal thinking.
He played an active role in all aspects of Cypriot-Armenian life until 1986. Among other things, he was chairman for approximately one decade of the board of trustees of the Cypriot-Armenian schools. He remained a member of the board of trustees of the Melkonian Educational Institute for 25 years, until 1986.