Historian and Orator Mgrdichian Dies

Renowned Armenian national figure–historian–journalist and orator Levon Mgrdichian died on Sunday after a short but serious illness. He was the author of many books and journals dealing with the life of the Armenian people past and present. He was a major contributor for the ARF organ "Troshag," and was known both in Armenia and the Diaspora as an ARF minded intellectual.

Mgrdichian was born in 1919 in Ayketsor and graduated from Yerevan’s top secondary school in 1941. Then he joined the army and was sent to war. In 1956 he worked for "Freedom" radio station and later became the the radio station’s Armenian section’s main editor. Mgrdichian was the founder and member of the Munich Institute for Armenian Studies–through which he also published some of his works.

Mgrdichian did not return to Armenia after this period–however he was so involved with the events taking place in Armenia that the could rightfully claim that he never really did leave his homeland. His readers–friends and especially co-workers cannot forget his presence and personality. His passion for his homeland always lead his professional life in that direction.

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