Longtime ARF Member Natalie Lazian Passes Away at 105

ATHENS–ARF member Natalie Lazian passed away in Athens on March 24 at the age of 105. A woman loved and respected by all–Lazian–along with her husband ARF Bureau member Gabriel Lazian–traveled from country to country–finally settling in Athens where they carried on their nationalistic work.

Born in Izmir of Greek ancestry–Natalie Lazian became acquainted with Armenia’s–embraced our struggles–and faithfully followed her husband. Serving the Armenian Cause–her travels were risky–going from Izmir to Batumi–from Batumi to Yerevan–Alexandropol–Alaverdi–Porchalou–Tbilisi–back to Izmir–then Greece–Egypt–Lebanon–and finally–Athens. After learning to speak Armenian fluently–the couple established the "Nor Or" newspaper in Athens from 1932-40.

Funeral services for Natalie Lazian took place on March 25–at the Nea Smirni Cemetery. She is survived by her son–Aidan–who currently resides in Athens.


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