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Suren D. Fesjian

Suren D. Fesjian was widely known for his generous benefactions, both in America and abroad. He supported various Armenian causes including education, the press, cultural organizations, the church, and various charities.

Mr. Fesjian was born in Adapazar, near Constantinople, in the Ottoman Empire. At an early age his family moved to France, where he met his future wife, Virginia Keljik. The Fesjians were blessed with two children, Robert A. Fesjian, Esq., and Sylvia Sarkisian.

During World War II, Suren Fesjian fought heroically in the French Resistance and later organized the Armenian National Front of Resistance against the Fascist Powers. In 1949, the Fesjian family immigrated to the United States, where Suren Fesjian founded Mondial International Corporation in 1952. Mondial grew from a relatively modest beginning into an international conglomerate with offices in the major cities of the world.

Suren Fesjian was active in the Knights of Vartan, and became Commander of the Etchmiadzin Lodge of New York. As a loyal Knight, he answered then Grand Commander Kegham Tcholakian's call to complete the Armenian Research Center's one million dollar endowment in 1993, with his gift of $100,000 (paid in three installments between 1993 and 1995).

Mr. Fesjian died on January 21, 2002

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