By Kevork Keushkerian
ALTADENA, Calif. – George Mandossian was honored for his 30 years of dedicated service to the Tekeyan Cultural Association’s Beshgeturian Center on the evening of July 28. He was the driving force in getting the necessary funds from benefactors Vahan and Nartoui Beshgeturian and once the building was completed, he served on its Board of Trustees for over 30 years. His sharp negotiating skills concerning the rental of space to cellphone companies at the center made it possible for this center to be not only self-sufficient, but a profitable enterprise as well.
The event was organized by the Board of Trustees of the TCA Beshgeturian Center, with Kevork Keushkerian serving as the master of ceremonies.
Dinner was served following the blessing of the food by Archpriest Fr. Zaven Arzoumanian. During dinner, guests enjoyed a performance of light classical music provided by the renowned violinist Merujan Margaryan.
TCA Los Angeles Chapter Chair Parsegh Kartalian was called upon to deliver his remarks. Kartalian had served with Mandossian on the Board of Trustees of the TCA Arshag Dickranian school for over 30 years. He also recalled the good times when they both served as deacons on the altar of St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church in Pasadena.
Kartalian’s remarks were followed by a poetic recitation by Asdghig Dadourian. She eloquently interpreted the prince of poets Vahan Tekeyan’s “Hashvehartar,” [Reckoning] which is a pragmatic evaluation of his life. It starts with the famous line “What is left to me of my life…” and ends with the similarly famous line “That, which I gave to others…”