In Memoriam: Aso Tavitian (1940-2020)

The Eastern Diocese was deeply grieved by the loss of Aso Tavitian, a generous benefactor of both the Diocese and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, who passed away on April 21, 2020, at the age of 80.

Aso Tavitian was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and educated in Beirut, Lebanon, and later at Columbia University. He arrived in the U.S. with next to nothing, but through his native intelligence and industry he became a genuine pioneer of the information age. The fruits of his success were vast, and in his generosity of spirit Aso turned his attention to causes that would benefit society in general, and also those who shared his Armenian heritage.

As an industrialist, philanthropist, and humanitarian, he made tremendous contributions to education, the arts, the Armenian Church and Armenian institutions. He was devoted to strengthening the Republic of Armenia, and he had special commitment to the younger generation, in both Armenia and America.

He had a unique ability to identify talent, and the wisdom to support and help talented people advance. Through his visionary generosity, a generation of Armenia’s young diplomats were educated at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Aso was the founder and longtime benefactor of the Eastern Diocese Jerusalem youth pilgrimage. And he was a benefactor of Holy Etchmiadzin and a valued counselor to His Holiness Karekin II and former Diocesan primate Abp. Khajag Barsamian. Above all, Aso Tavitian built friendships across the world, seeking to benefit his fellow man.

Learn about his remarkable life, and read testimonies from those who knew him, by clicking here.

May God grant rest to his servant, and welcome him into his kingdom.

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