Funeral services will take place on Friday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Armenian Church, located at 500 S. Central Ave. in Glendale.
Krikorian began his media career at the Hartford Current newspaper and later became Vice President/Advertising Director of a Times (now Tribune) newspaper in Hartford. After raising their eight children in Connecticut, John and Elsie decided to embark on the journey of a lifetime and move their family across the country to Glendale in 1989.
John and son Greg established Business Life magazine in 1990, which over the years sponsored and hosted many business events, including the well-received and always sold-out Women Achievers award banquets. Then, in 1997, they began publishing Senior Living magazine to serve the specialized interests of those over 55. Both publications continue today.
Krikorian had more than 50 years of business and marketing experience and served on numerous boards, including the Los Angeles County Small Business Commission, County of Los Angeles Human Relations Corporate Advisory Council, Glendale Adventist Medical Center Advisory Council, Pasadena’s Mayor Disability Committee, Woodbury University President’s Executive Council, and Pasadena Special Olympics.
Krikorian’s past service included work with the Foothill-Pasadena Branch of the Los Angeles Urban League, Glendale-La Crescenta Red Cross Chapter, Glendale President Advisory Council, Burbank and Pasadena Chambers of Commerce, Consumer Advisory Panel for Sempra’s Gas Company/County of Los Angeles Area. The Rotary Club honored Krikorian’s great ability to communicate and to build bridges in the community — both essential talents for turning good ideas into accomplishments.
John Krikorian was born in Hartford, Conn., on Aug. 24, 1932, to parents orphaned by the Armenian Genocide.
From 1951 through 1953, he served as a supply sergeant for the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He married his wife, Elsie, in 1956.
He leaves behind his wife, their six sons, and two daughters and 23 grandchildren.
Greg Krikorian told the Glendale News Press his father was “always giving to everybody else.”
“Every lesson he taught us, we carry on with us,” he said. “It was always country and community first.”