Kevork K. Ashikian Dies


Longtime ADL,
Tekeyan Member

CHICAGO — Kevork Ashikian, a longtime member of the Armenian
Democratic Liberal party (ADL), the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) and
the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) here, died on May 7.

He was born on April 20, 1926 in Jerusalem to Zeitunsi parents. He immigrated to Chicago with his wife Rosa and his three small children, Ani, Sevan and Sara in 1959. Ashikian’s dedication to his heritage enabled him to work diligently as a leader and activist in the community, where he played a key role in the establishment of the Tekeyan Cultural Association and the AGBU in Chicago.

He became a pioneer “cultural liaison” in the efforts to bring talent in art, music, dance and literature from Armenia beginning in the 1960s.

He also assisted in the groundwork leading to the founding of the Chicago Onnig
Norehad Chapter of the ADL and was honored in 1998 for dedicated service to his people and heritage.

Ashikian is survived by his wife Rosa, his children Ani, Sevan, and Sara (and Tim) Murray, his grandchildren Vanessa and Ashley Poladian, his brother Ohan, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The funeral was on Tuesday, May 12 at St. James Armenian Church, Evanston, Ill.

In lieu of flowers: donations may be sent to Sponsor A Teacher for Tekeyan Schools in Armenia, the Armenian Mirror-Spectatoror St. James Armenian Church in Evanston.

Those interested can visit www.mem.com, type in his name and click on the movie. Both voice and script messages can be submitted.