Long Time Armenian Weekly Editor James Tashjian Passes Away

WATERTOWN, Mass.–James Harutune Tashjian (b. 1922), the chief editor of the Hairenik/Armenian Weekly for more than 3 decades, passed away on November 29. Tashjian studied at Boston and Cambridge schools, receiving degrees in history before serving for four years in the US Army during World War II. His tour included stops in Persia and Europe, for which he won the Etousa Award for distinguished service. In 1946, he married Virginia Agababian. In the following years, he became chief editor of The Armenian Weekly. He was also an editor of The Armenian Review. At an early age, he entered the fledgling Armenian Youth Federation and served that organization as chairman of its Central Executive through eight terms and advisor for 20 additional years. He was honored as an AYF National Honorary Member by the organization. He was the first Armenian-American to receive the Church’s "Prince of Cilicia" Award, awarded to him by Catholicos Zareh I of the Great House of Cilicia. He was the author of The Armenian American in World War II and My Name is Saroyan and also published numerous pamphlets and articles in the Armenian field. He is survived by his wife Virginia and son, Douglas Sevan.


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