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Dr. Aram Janigian


Dr. Janigian was born December 3, 1937, in Melvindale, Michigan, and moved to Detroit as a boy. After graduating from Cass Technical High School in 1955, he obtained a bachelor's degree at the University of Detroit, majoring in pre-med. He then received his medical degree from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Iowa.

After interning at Cuyahoga Falls (near Akron, Ohio) General Hospital, he practiced in Madison Heights and Southfield, Michigan, before settling in Detroit in 1980. He was affiliated with Garden City Hospital Osteopathic. In total, Dr. Janigian was in family practice for 35 years, retiring in 1999. His medical service enabled him to fulfill his greatest love, which was to give to others, listen to their words attentively, and extending his hands to heal.

Dr. Janigian was a member of the AOA (American Osteopathic Association), the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), and the Wayne County (Michigan) Osteopathic Association. He served in the MOA House of Delegates from 1975 onwards.

Dr. Janigian's life exemplified his service as a caregiver and doctor. His gentle, tender, humble, and friendly demeanor through his years of dedicated ministry of healing is a testimony to what he was as a person and child of God placed on this earth to accomplish.

Dr. Janigian's years of service to the Detroit community led to recognition through his election as President of the Westside Detroit Lions Club for 1986-1987, and as a Deputy District Governor of the Lions for 1988-1989. At the time of his sudden passing at home on November 1, 1999, he was serving as Vice President of the Council of Lions Clubs of Metropolitan Detroit. He was also named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Club International in 1995.

Dr. Janigian was active in the AGBU Intermediate Chapter, the Men's Society of St. John's, and the Knights of Vartan, as well as Detroit West Side Lions Club and the Detroit Institute of Arts; however, the Armenian Research Center was always close to his heart. His $94,000 legacy is the largest single such posthumous legacy the Armenian Research Center has ever received.

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