In memory of
Emik Avakian
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In memory of
Emik Avakian
Emik Avakian 1923 - 2013 CHICOPEE - Emik Avakian, inventor and engineer of Chicopee, Massachusetts, died July 11, 2013. Born in 1923 in Tabriz, Iran, Avakian and his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1928. He had cerebral palsey which left him quadrapalegic, but his cognitive abilities were intact. He attended both Columbia University in NYC and Eureka College in Illinois. In 1961, Avakian received the President's Trophy from President John F. Kennedy for the "Most outstanding contribution to the employment of the handicapped." In 1996, Eureka College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate for his pioneering contributions to the fields of computer networks and man/machine interfaces. In 1997, he was awarded Magna Cum Laude in Engineering. Avakian held patents on numerous inventions. Avakian is survived by his wife, Anne, and extended family, including Anne's three daughters, Carol, Janice, and Kian, grandchildren Zack, Theo, and Nathan., nephew Stephen Telfeyan with wife Conway, their children Katherine and John, and niece Christine and husband Larry Berger. The family would also like to thank the many aids who helped Emik over the years. A service will be held on July 20, 2013 from 1-4pm at Ryder Funeral Home, 33 Lamb St., South Hadley, MA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cerebral Palsey of Massachusetts ( masscp.org ) in the name of Emik Avakian. RYDER FUNERAL HOME 533-1735
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In memory of
Emik Avakian
Emik Avakian 1923 - 2013 CHICOPEE - Emik Avakian, inventor and engineer of Chicopee, Massachusetts, died July 11, 2013. Born in 1923 in Tabriz, Iran, Avakian and his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1928. He had cerebral palsey which left him quadrapalegic, but his cognitive abilities were intact. He attended both Columbia University in NYC and Eureka College in Illinois. In 1961, Avakian received the President's Trophy from President John F. Kennedy for the "Most outstanding contribution to the employment of the handicapped." In 1996, Eureka College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate for his pioneering contributions to the fields of computer networks and man/machine interfaces. In 1997, he was awarded Magna Cum Laude in Engineering. Avakian held patents on numerous inventions. Avakian is survived by his wife, Anne, and extended family, including Anne's three daughters, Carol, Janice, and Kian, grandchildren Zack, Theo, and Nathan., nephew Stephen Telfeyan with wife Conway, their children Katherine and John, and niece Christine and husband Larry Berger. The family would also like to thank the many aids who helped Emik over the years. A service will be held on July 20, 2013 from 1-4pm at Ryder Funeral Home, 33 Lamb St., South Hadley, MA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cerebral Palsey of Massachusetts ( masscp.org ) in the name of Emik Avakian. RYDER FUNERAL HOME 533-1735
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Curran-O'Brien Funeral Home
33 Lamb Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
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