Vartan Gregorian, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civil award and noted philanthropic leader passed away Thursday at the age of 87. Mr. Gregorian is survived by his sons Vahé Gregorian, Raffi Gregorian, Dareh Gregorian and sister, Ojik Arakelian.
Los Angeles, April 16, 2021 – Armenia Fund US’ Message On the Passing of Vartan Gregorian.
We send our deepest condolences to the family of Vartan Gregorian, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 87. Vartan was an academic and literary giant, and hero of Armenian-American community who most recently served as president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He was also a longtime supporter of Armenia Fund.
Vartan came to the United States when he received a scholarship to study at Stanford University, the start of a lasting impact on American cultural life.
“We will remember him most for his immense intellect, his thoughtful generosity, his witty, learned, and sly sense of humor, and his uncanny ability to both inspire and challenge each of us to do our utmost to advance the Corporation’s mission above all else,” said former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean, chairman of the Carnegie Corporation’s board of trustees.