Esteemed Educator and Community Activist Garo Bedrossian Passes Away

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, the Religious and Executive Councils mourn the passing of esteemed educator and community activist Garo Bedrossian, which occurred on Monday, July 22nd, 2019. A national funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 27, at 12:00 noon, at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino, followed by interment at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn.

Garo Bedrossian graduated from the Armenian Theological Seminary of the Great House of Cilicia. In 1950 he began his nearly six-decade-long career in education. He served as teacher, Vice-Principal, and Principal at the Armenian School in Kamishli, Syria, and the Armenian Evangelical High School in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1964 he was appointed the first Principal of the newly established Levon and Sophia Hagopian College in Bourj Hammoud, a position he held for nearly fifteen years. In 1978, he continued his career at Ferrahian High School in Encino, where he taught Armenian language, history, and grammar for the next thirty years.

Alongside educating generations of Armenian youth, Garo Bedrossian was a faithful community servant. He has authored religious and historical books as well as numerous articles which have been featured in Armenian newspapers across the world. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his worthy service to our nation, including; the “St. Mesrob Mashdots” medal from the Catholicosate of Cilicia, “One people, one land” achievement letter from the Armenian Diaspora Relations Committee, letter of honor from the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, letter of blessing and commendation from the Prelate, and several letter of recognition from various educational and cultural institutions.

We convey our condolences to his son, Asbed and Laura Bedrossian and children, daughter Narine, brothers, sister, extended family and friends.

May his memory remain ever blessed.


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