From left, Mayda Melkonian, Sheriff Peter Peter Koutoujian, and Houry Boyamian

Armenian American Pharmacists Association Honors Principals Boyamian and Melkonian


WATERTOWN – On the evening of Saturday, May 19, the Armenian American Pharmacists Association (AAPA) honored the St. Stephen’s Armenian Day and Saturday school principals, respectively Houry Boyamian and Mayda Melkonian, at the Oakley Country Club’s elegant reception hall. Melkonian previously was vice principal at the Armenian Sisters’ Academy.

Sossy Yogurtian (RPh.), AAPA president, welcomed all attendees and introduced Harold R. Partamian (RPh.), founder of the AAPA and its first president (1981), as the evening’s master of ceremonies. The featured speaker for the evening was Peter J. Koutoujian, sheriff of Middlesex County of Massachusetts. The sheriff made brief remarks and presented each honoree with a plaque recognizing her 30 years of honorary and exemplary service to the local Armenian community.

The honorees’ biographies were presented by their former students Dr. Vatché Demirjian (Pharm.D., RPh.) and Varteni Aroyan, a sixth year pharmacy student who was also the AAPA’s 2018 Apelian/Partamian scholarship recipient. Aroyan introduced Boyamian, after which Demirjian introduced Melkonian.

The honorees expressed their gratitude in moving speeches and then received gifts from Yogurtian and AAPA vice president Ripsime Guyumdzhyan. Each principal received a painting specifically painted for them by GP Vahan, a well-known artist and storyteller in the St. Stephens community, and a hand-painted silk scarf by Karine Abgarian, an Armenian artist from Yerevan who hand paints on silk using multicultural designs with an emphasis on unique Armenian symbolic patterns.

In addition to these gifts, AAPA presented both principals with the Honorary Award from the newly elected Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, Mkhitar Hayrapetyan. These awards are among the first proclamations signed by Armenia’s new administration.

These gifts were presented to Boyamian and Melkonian in recognition, gratitude, and deep appreciation of their many years of service in education and dedication to the Armenian community in the greater Boston area.

From left, Taline Abrimian, Tanya Najarian-Illiades, Arpi Aridjian, Ripsime Guyumdzhyan, Sossy Yogurtian (AAPA president), Sarkis Duhanyan, Hasmig Mardiros

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The Armenian American Pharmacists’ Association then presented the Harold Partamian and Daniel Apelian scholarship to Varteni Aroyan for her future endeavors and goals in the profession of pharmacy.

The AAPA members closed the evening by recognizing Yogurtian. Her unique vision and drive make the organization more active in the community and be recognized for many charitable works, including:

-supporting orphans in Armenia through AMAA

-supporting and providing with food and entertainment to the Armenian nursing home in Jamaica Plain

-raising money for scholarships for outstanding and needy pharmacy students

-contributing to the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) by participating in walkathons and by raising money for a good cause. The AAPA volunteers raised the most amount of money in the Boston area two years in a row and were selected by the ABMDR as Volunteers of the Year. ABMDR is going to honor AAPA’s contributions in the March for Life 2018 gala which will take place on September 16 in California.

AAPA thanks everyone who attended the evening and supported the organization, allowing us to make an impact in the community.

Music for the event was provided by pianist Marine Margaryan and DJ Rams.

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