ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Community benefac- tor Nazar Nazarian celebrated his 88th birth- day on Thursday, August 2, with friends.
Nazarian has touched and brightened the lives of many individuals and Armenian institutions. He has been an Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Central Board member for 33 years and has served the organization as vice chairman as well as treasurer of the Central Board of Directors.
Philanthropy has been the cornerstone of Nazarian’s life. The former president of Royale Linens in New Jersey, he and his wife, Artemis, have donated to many projects throughout the world, including the Nazarian School in Beirut and AGBU facilities in North and South America and the Middle East, as well as the Armenian Mirror-Spectator.
In addition to their funding of the Ultrasound Centre in Armenia, the Nazarians underwrote the cost of the building of St. Trdat Chapel of the Yerevan Cathedral, as well as funded several educational, medical and religious endeavors in Armenia, for which they received the 1,700th anniversary medal from Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II. This year, the Nazarians established a $6-million fund for the education and preparation of clergymen at Holy Echmiadzin.