Zaven Tachdjian, 74, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 27, 2022, after a brief hospital stay.
Born in Palestine, to the family of an Armenian Genocide survivor, Zaven immigrated to Beirut, Lebanon as an infant with his family. Zaven was fluent in Arabic, French, English,
and Armenian. He graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) with honors, earning both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Following his graduation, Zaven worked his way to Associate Engineer for Dar-Al-Handassah in Lebanon, where he was instrumental in building hospitals, airports, hotels, schools, and other properties across the Middle East and North Africa. Upon immigrating to the United States, Zaven took on various engineering roles in New York City and Westchester, NY. He then went on to found and run his own business, Stone & Powers, building luxury homes in Westchester, NY, and Connecticut until he retired.
For a time, Zaven served in a voluntary capacity overseeing the facilities management of the St. Vartan Cathedral and Diocesan Center in New York. Zaven was generous with his time and knowledge and was a friend and advisor to many in the community. He received numerous awards and recognition for his service, and he was particularly honored to be awarded the St. Nersess the Graceful Medal by the Catholicos in 2008.
As a proud Lebanese-Armenian, Zaven was passionate about maintaining a connection with both countries and improving the lives of Armenians in the Middle East. Zaven was on the board of the Armenia Fund, a non-profit dedicated to humanitarian efforts in Armenia.
Zaven joined the Board of Directors of the Karagheusian Foundation and later was elected as the President of the Board in 2019. During recent years, as President of the Foundation, Zaven was integral in the construction of multiple healthcare clinics throughout Lebanon and Armenia.
In lieu of flowers, loving donations in memory of Zaven may be made to St. Gregory the Enlightener,1131 North St, White Plains, NY10605. Contributions will be used to establish an endowment fund in Zaven’s memory to provide assistance to Armenian youth which will help them strengthen their Armenian identity.
About Karagheusian Foundation – Founded in 1921, The Howard Karagheusian Commemorative Corporation (aka Karagheusian Foundation) has a mission to assist socially and economically vulnerable Armenian children and their families worldwide by providing health, education, and social assistance.