ATG Mourns Loss of Founding Member Nubar Tashjian

Nubar Tashjian at the ATG grape nursery in Khramort, Artsakh.


OAKLAND, Calif.—The Armenian Technology Group, Inc. (ATG) announced Wednesday the passing away of one of the group’s founding members and long time board member Nubar Tashjian, J.D.

“With deep sorrow, we report the passing of one of the founding members of the Armenian Technology Group, Inc., Board Member Nubar Tashjian, J.D., who passed away on Friday, January 9, in Oakland, California,” a statement from the ATG said.

Since the establishment of ATG in 1989, Tashjian worked side by side with his close friend, Dr. Arthur O. Hazarabedian, D.V.M. In 1992, together with a devoted contingent of professionally specialized colleagues, the founders incorporated the organization as a 501(c)3 charitable corporation, focused on assisting the agricultural sector of the newly independent Armenian Republic.

Tashjian volunteered and served the ATG Board in numerous capacities. He offered his vital legal counsel, but also served as President of the organization for several years. Nubar was an active ATG board member up to the day of his passing. For the past 25 years he devoted his time, knowledge and resources to the mission of the ATG, in helping the people of Armenia toward sustainable economic development.

On several occasions, Tashjian traveled to Armenia and Artsakh to interact with the people as well as to observe and evaluate the organization’s activities in the fields.

His travels took him to Washington, DC, where he presented the ATG’s mission and objectives to US Congressional Representatives. His meetings also included representatives of Federal agencies active in Armenia, such as US Department of Agriculture and US Agency for International Development, to help us secure federal grants.

Nubar Tashjian

During his time the ATG has delivered over $65 million of humanitarian and economic development projects to the people of Armenia and Artsakh, which include US Government grants, private contributions and in-kind donations.

Tashjian served on numerous philanthropic boards and charitable organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and elsewhere.

A lawyer by profession, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1953. He was a veteran of WW II and served in the Far East as a B-29 pilot. He spoke several languages, including Japanese.

“It was pleasure working and socializing with him. His gentle personality reflected in his relations with others,” said a statement from the ATG. “Simple gifts of kindness meant so much more to him than any extravagant presentations. He was devoted to his responsibilities. He gave the comfort to call and ask for his advice whenever there was an issue that he could have assisted.

“Even in his advanced age, Nubar had a sharp mind, and was ready and willing to assist when needed. He guided with intellect and sound advice that never failed! With his leadership, we kept the integrity of our organization at its highest standard.

“Through it all, Mr. Tashjian was able to add charm and humor to our work, lifting our spirits even in most difficult and challenging times.

“A compassionate and thoughtful person, his commitment in helping the people of Armenia was deeply rooted in his heart. He may not have expressed it, but sure indeed, it was always in his mind, and always with him.

“Always forward looking, he followed the current events in and around Armenia regularly; he was concerned of the future of Armenia and the well-being of its people.

“Nubar was a proud American – and a great Armenian! He contributed quietly: his time, efforts, knowledge and resources where he could. He will be in our minds; we will miss him,” said the statement from the ATG.

Tashjian’s funeral will take place on Friday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vartan Church located at in 650 Spruce Street Oakland, CA 94610.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Santos Robinson Mortuary 160 Estudillo Ave. San Leandro, CA 94577.

The Triple X fraternity service will take place at 7 p.m. at the Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Armenian Technology Group, Inc. at 550 E. Shaw Ave. P. O. Box 5969 Fresno, CA 93755

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