Souren Shant Passes Away

Souren Shant–the eldest son of renown writer Levon Shant and Chavo (Nersesian) was born in Tbilisi on Sept. 15–1904. His early years were spent in Switzerland–and later–in the French cities of Montpellier and Nance. Shant received an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Nance–hoping to one day practice his craft in Armenia. With that in mind–Shant refused to accept French citizenship.

In 1932–at the invitation of his father–Shant relocated to Beirut where he began study in French and writing at the newly-opened Jemaran. In 1937–he married Zepuir Tatiozian and had one son–Levon.

Between 1936-37–the Beirut Hamazkayin chapter was formed–and Shant became its first president. Shant served the organization for many years–and eventually met Gaspar Ipekian–with whom he formed the Hamazkayin Theatrical Troupe. Shant remained in contact with the company for nearly a decade after its formation as a benefactor and devoted member–and also met the acquaintance of world-renown playwright George Sarkissian–with whom he collaborated many times on translations and other works.

In 1968–at the invitation of His Holiness Khoren I of Cilicia–Shant moved to Antelias–the seminary of which he served for the next ten years as a teacher of French and History.

In the wake of the civil war in Lebanon–Shant took on the daunting task of translating "The Memoirs of an Armenian Revolutionary" by Roupen Der Minassian into French. The work saw light in 1986–but due to the conditions in Lebanon–he was forced to publish the work in Athens in 1994. "Memoirs d’un Cadre Revolutionnaire Armenien" was published under the auspices of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation,.

In 1987–Shant moved to Los Angeles with his wife–to be close to their son–where he remained until his death last Friday–February 13–of an automobile accident.


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