NAASR Hosts Evening of Tribute to Manoog Young


BELMONT, Mass. — The National Research (NAASR) will host “An Evening of Commemoration and Tribute to NAASR Founding Chairman Manoog S. Young,” on Thursday, October 4, at 8 p.m., at its headquarters, 395 Concord Ave.

Manoog Soghomon Young of Belmont, the founding chairman of NAASR and its chairman until 2001, died on July 3, 2012, at the age of 94.

The evening will feature short presentations by several individuals who worked closely with Young across more than five decades: Dr. Gregory H. Adamian, president emeritus and chancellor, Bentley University; Prof. Richard N. Frye, Aga Khan professor emeritus of Iranian history, Harvard University; Prof. James R. Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Harvard University; past and present

NAASR Chairpersons Nancy R. Kolligian and Raffi P. Yeghiayan; NAASR Director of Academic Affairs Marc A. Mamigonian and slides and video of Young. A reception will follow the program.

The Armenian community in the United States, and indeed worldwide, owes a great debt of gratitude to Young for the advancement of Armenian Studies. The achievements realized through his efforts are ongoing and will continue to flourish. He leaves behind a rich legacy of which Armenians are all the beneficiaries as well as the caretakers. This event will provide an opportunity to remember Young, the man and the leader who devoted much of his life to creating and nurturing Armenian studies in America and pay tribute to his vision, dedication, commitment to high ideals and rich legacy.

In recognition of Young’s achievements and role in the development not only of NAASR but of Armenian studies as a whole, NAASR has established the Manoog S. Young Fund for Armenian studies at NAASR. The association requests that those who wish to honor his memory contribute to this fund that will enable the important work initiated by Young to continue in perpetuity. All donations received prior to the planned October 4 event will be acknowledged that evening and are tax deductible.