Monday, April 1st, 2013

Dr. Hratch Abrahamian (photo by Tsolag Hovsepian)

Armenian Revolutionary Federation leader and former member of its
governing Bureau, Dr. Hratch Abrahamian passed away on March 19 after
a long illness in the Greater Washington area.

Dr. Hratch Armen Abrahamian was born October 25, 1921 in Rasht, Iran
to Armenak and Shoushanik Abrahamian. He was the eldest brother to his
twin brothers, Babgen and Vazgen. Hratch and his brothers followed the
footsteps of their father, Armenak and studied dentistry. Dr. Hratch
received his BS degree from Alborz College in Iran, 1941, and his DMD
from Tehran University school of Dentistry in 1945. His craving for
further education led him to Paris where he received his MS degree from
University of Paris in 1947. But still that was not enough, he came
to the US and attended Northwestern University school of Dentistry,
Chicago and received his DDS degree in 1951. He then continued his
training in Memorial Cancer Hospital in NY until 1954.

During his training at the Memorial Cancer Hospital in NY, he met his
beloved wife, Angeline Abrahamian and were married March 17, 1954. In
August of 1954, they moved to Washington DC where he became affiliated
with the Georgetown University School of Dentistry, where he was
associate professor of the Department of Prosthodontics, in charge of
Maxillofacial Prosthetics and the Director of the Cleft Palate Center.

In 1969, He received the second annual Harold W. Krogh Award for
outstanding contribution to control of oral cancer. Dr. Abrahamian
also volunteered at the cancer Society for over 10 years. He was
a consultant at the NIH, VA Hospital, Washington, Hospital Center
(Tumor board), Dc General Hospital, and attending staff at the
Georgetown University Hospital.

He loved dentistry and only retired a few years prior his passing.

Since the independence of the Republic of Armenia, he traveled to
Armenia 36 times, one time with Fulbright scholarship, where he spent
4 months there, consulting and training Yereven University dental and
Medical school residents. He translated many of his dental books to
Armenian and published it at four different times. These books are
currently being thought at the University.

He established a Maxillofacial dental center in the military hospital
in the Armenia with the support of the Armenian American Health
Association of Greater Washington. He trained all the residents and
the center was and is its only kind in the entire region.

During the Lebanon war, he traveled to the war zone four times, helping
the Armenians. He was instrumental in collecting over $1,000,000.00 in
aid from the Armenian-Iranian community for the Armenians in Lebanon.

He had meetings with every Presidents of the US from president Nixon
to George W. Bush, discussing Armenian issues.

He always had a positive attitude toward life, if you ever asked him
~Show are you~T his response was always ~Sgerazantz~T or perfect. He
was the backbone of the Abrahamian family, He was intelligent, hard
working, thoughtful and compassionate. He was a dedicated dentist,
father, grand father, brother, and uncle. He loved his family and
enjoyed spending time with them. Everyone who knew him adorned his
caring and compassionate attitude toward life. He will be missed
dearly, but his memory will always remain in our hearts.

He is survived by his dughter Karen Hatchik, his grand dughters Andrea
and Valerie, four great grandchildren, sister in laws Astghik and
Lida Abrahamian, and his nieces and nephews, Shakeh, Armen, Rouzan,
Teny and Armineh Abrahamian.

From: A. Papazian