Col. Moorad Mooradian, Longtime Mirror-Spectator Columnist, Dies


RICHMOND, Va. — Dr. Moorad Mooradian died on September 30.

He was born in Rhode Island, graduated from Central High School, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island.

He received his PhD from George Mason University in Virginia. He was a four-time Fulbright Scholar to Armenia and established the first conflict resolution center in any former Soviet state, at Yerevan State University.

He was a highly decorated, 30-year Army veteran who served in Vietnam. He had been a regular columnist for the Armenian Mirror-Spectator dating back to 1991. He had taught at George Mason University and Yerevan State University. In addition, he was an accomplished reporter and author, sought-after speaker and champion for Armenian causes both in America and Armenia. He was a longtime member of the Executive Committee of the Armenia Tree Project.

Mooradian leaves his wife, Lillian; their four children, Paul, Martin and Gregory Mooradian and Natalie Hogan and their spouses; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also leaves two sisters, Anahith Boyajian and Beatrice Petricone, and an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.

A requiem service was held on Sunday, October 4, at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church, Richmond. Interment was on Monday, October 5, at the Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Va.

Another requiem service will be held on Sunday, October 11, at 1 p.m. in Providence, RI at Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church, 70 Jefferson St.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Armenia Tree Project at their website: www.armeniatree.org or by phone in the Watertown, Mass. office.

The family wishes to thank those who have expressed concern and support for him and his family during his illness.