May 31, 2012

On May 12, 2012, Nancy Arabian of California was one of the 107 proud
recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

The Medal was established in 1986 by the National Ethnic Coalition
Organizations (NECO) to pay tribute and honor Americans of all ethnic
groups who have led distinguished lives through their contributions
to our United States.

Nancy was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, as the first child of Haig and
Angel Megurian. At six months old, as a U.S. citizen she immigrated
to the United States. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from
California State University, Northridge, in 1982.

On August 26, 1962, she married attorney Armand Arabian, and they
raised two children, Allison and Robert.

Her life has been one of constant involvement with her church,
community and husband's judicial and legal world. For advising her
husband in helping victims of rape, she has been called an "Angel of
California" by attorney Gloria Allred.

In 2001, she became the first and only woman to ever receive the
coveted St. James the Apostle Medal, which was granted by Patriarch
Torkom Manoogian in Jerusalem.

In 2003, Nancy and her husband were instrumental for the restoration
of the 6th century St. Gayane Monastery in Armenia.

She was the president of the Hye Benefit Circle (2006-2007) in Los

She is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Western Diocese of the
Armenian Church of North America, assisting his Eminence Archbishop
Hovnan Derderian, Primate.

She is a long time active supporter of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Committee, National Charity League, and has sat on the board for the
Foundation of Children. She also supports the San Fernando Valley
Bar Association. She currently serves on the executive board of AIWA,
Los Angeles.

She is a:

Godparent of the Cathedral of the Western Diocese

Active with the fundraising for the Presidential Library of Ronald
Reagan in Simi Valley

Board member of the Westside Guild of Ararat Home

Member of St. Peter Armenian Church Ladies Society, Van Nuys

Member of Daughters of Vartan

During her tenth trip to Armenia, she was one of the assistants to
His Holiness Karkin II concerning the holy muron celebrations.

As a result of these and other efforts, she is one of the most
recognized and respected women of California.