Daughter of Legendary Armenian Hero Dies in Paris

According to Paris-based "Haratch," Armenouhi Der-Garabedian passed away during the night of June 19/20 after years of hospitalization. Der-Garabedian was born during the first decade of the 20th century in the "Sourp Marineh" region of Mush.

As a youth–she visited Istanbul twice with her father–Gegham Der-Garabedian–who had been elected into the Ottoman Parliament first in 1908 and once again in 1914. She was a graduate of the Eseyan School of Istanbul–where she would later teach. Her mentors included Adrouni–Sibil–Sirouni–Dirouhi Azarian and Vartkes Missakian.

After her father’s death in 1919–she for a period taught at a school for refugees located in the St. Krikor the Illuminator Church of Ghalatia. Der-Garabedian was also an employee of a telephone company in Istanbul. It was during this period that she began to participate as a vocalist in various cultural activities and performances in Ghalatia. She taught Krikor Souni and had the opportunity to perform with five students of Gomidas.

As described in her memoirs–in 1925–Der-Garabedian helped arrange the settlement of refugees into France. With thirty Catholic families–which had agreemen’s with silk manufacturing companies–Der-Garabedian moved first to Marseilles and later into Paris. She acted as an aide to Catholicosate delegate–Bishop Krikoris Malakian–after which she took up a position as a writer for "Haratch," where she would meet her future husband Levon Kevonian. During her years in Paris–she provided lessons to Markrid Papayan and Zarouhi Zarapian.


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