Over the course of six decades, no individual did more to shape Armenian Studies, and certainly no one has done has much to advance and give legitimacy to the study of modern Armenian history, as Richard Hovannisian. The void left by his passing is enormous. We are fortunate, however, that the legacy of his life and work is even larger; and his legacy will endure.
The NAASR Board of Directors and staff join with many worldwide in mourning Dr. Dennis Papazian (1931-2023), a friend and colleague and contributor to multiple aspects of academia, Armenian-American life, and Armenian Studies for decades. He was a Charter Member of NAASR, having joined in 1955, and a NAASR Life Member. He served as a NAASR Regional Director for Michigan from 1967-71, on the NAASR Board of Directors from 1973-1990, and for decades as a member of the NAASR Academic Advisory Committee.
With great sadness, NAASR joins with family and friends and the Armenian community worldwide in mourning the passing of Edward Avedisian on December 7, 2022. Avedisian, a world-class clarinetist who performed with the Boston Pops for 35 years and the Boston Ballet Orchestra for 43 seasons, among other orchestras, served on the NAASR Board of Directors since 2016 and was principal benefactor for NAASR’s Vartan Gregorian Building which opened in 2019. Click here for a video honoring Ed Avedisian (2021).