Obituary

YEREVAN (Armenpress) — A funeral ceremony for renowned singer Ophelya Hambardzumyan took place on June 15 at the St. Hovhannes Church in the Kond neighborhood. Fans said their final farewells the next day at the Aram Khachatryan Concert[...]

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Suzanne “Suzy” Schell Pearce, 77, a longtime peace activist, died on April 14. The cause of death was cancer. A resident of Cambridge, she worked in many worldwide, national, and local initiatives to promote global[...]

BEIRUT — Artoun Nazareth Festekjian, 91, passed away peacefully at his home on April 6, in the Jal El Dib suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. He leaves his wife Alice Guidanian; children Nazareth and wife Nila Ekmekji, Raffi and wife Nina[...]

By Hagop Vartivarian 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.[...]

NEW YORK — Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian, the former Primate of the United Kingdom, and a long-serving pastor among the churches of the Eastern Diocese. He lived to find himself the eldest clergyman of episcopal rank in the Armenian[...]

BROOMALL, Penn. — George S. Yacoubian, Sr., 79, of Broomall died on February 29, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a lengthy struggle with pancreatic cancer. Born in 1936 in Philadelphia to Armenian Genocide survivors, he was[...]

RADNOR, Penn. — The Armenian Sisters Academy of Radnor mourns the passing of one of its founders, Sister Hripsime Tcheftelian. She died on February 9, at age 90, surrounded by her loving Sisters and family members. At an early age,[...]

By Hagop Vartivarian I am happy that in those distant places with large Armenian populations, the foundation of the Armenian dramatic arts exists, one of the initiators of which is a youth educated from the same source as I. – Vahram[...]

NEW YORK (UN News Centre/New York Times) — Jean Gazarian died on January 18, 2016. He was an international civil servant who, working under every Secretary-General of the United Nations, spent more than six decades dedicated to world[...]

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Marilyn Altoon Arshagouni, wife of Hagop Arshagouni and mother of Robert, Mary (Papazian), Michael, and Paul Arshagouni, passed away peacefully on February 14, surrounded by her loved ones. Born in Los Angeles in[...]

By Jill Leovy LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — Charles Garabedian, modern artist of mythological themes, who was raised in East L.A., fought Air Force missions in World War II and studied history before his late-bloomer drift into[...]