Dr. Kevork Keshishian

TCA Mourns Loss of Former President Dr. Kevork Keshishian



It is with great sadness that we share the news of the loss of the prominent community leader and activist Dr. Kevork Keshishian, who passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Dr. Keshishian was a community activist from his youth in Lebanon, taking his place among the ranks of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) and the Tekeyan Cultural Association.

He continued this role after moving to the East Coast of the United States. As a result of his dedication and commitment to the ideals of the AGBU, he was elected to serve on its Central Board of Directors during the presidency of the late benefactor Alex Manoogian.

As one of the leaders of the Tekeyan Cultural Association and the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, his actions have left their indelible imprint on the history of the twin organizations.

The years 1988 to 1992 marked the expansion and intense development of the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) under Dr. Keshishian’s visionary leadership. The TCA membership is particularly indebted to its late president for his initiation, planning and execution of the TCA Mirror Fund drive, in cooperation with his wife Cecil.

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Dr. Keshishian’s leadership also helped to further expand programs and chapter membership throughout the United States and Canada. His congenial demeanor and enthusiasm were contagious and instrumental in recruiting new membership for the organization.

Dr. Keshishian was a devoted family man. He and his wife raised two talented children, recognized internationally in the realm of the entertainment arts.

Dr. Keshishian will be sorely missed as a friend, as a generous human being and as a leader, who leaves behind a legacy of love, achievement and fond memories.

The funeral will be on Sunday, December 2 at 4 p.m. at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, across from Woodbury University. A dinner reception will immediately follow at the church.

On behalf of the members of the Central Board and the entire membership of the Tekeyan Cultural Association, we extend our sincere and profound sympathies to his widow and to his children Alek and Aleen.

May his soul rest in peace.

Tekeyan Cultural Association Central Board

Edmond Y. Azadian, President

Hagop Vartivarian, Secretary

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