|Birth: ||Aug. 15, 1900|
|Death: ||Dec. 8, 1989|
A neighboring farm boy and would-be poet named Aram Arax serandeded Alma Chakurian while she was majoring in art at Fresno Normal College.
The Chakurians and Araxes stood on opposite sides of the Armenian political divide and Alma married Aram over her family's protest.
They devoted their 60 years together to their children and grandchildren and progressive causes, including fostering closer ties between the United States and Armenia, then a Soviet Republic.
Aram Arax, 89, of Fresno, an Armenian-American writer and community leader, died Friday.
Home services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Yost & Webb Chapel. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. in the St. Paul Armenian Church.
A farmer and grocer, Mr. Arax wrote poetry and political commentary for Armenian newspapers in Los Angeles and New York and helped foster better relations between Armenians in the West and East.
He organized numerous trips to Soviet Armenia, introducing hundreds of Armenian-Americans to their homeland. As a cultural liaison with the Soviet Union, he brought Armenian dance groups, singers and poets to the United States when relations between the two countries were at their poorest.
His last trip, in 1983, was part of a delegation that accompanied author William Saroyan's ashes to Soviet Armenia. Mr. Arax, whose life and writings recently were featured in the literary magazine Ararat, was a past president of the Armenian Progressive League and a member of the Armenian-American Citizen's League.
Surviving are his wife Alma; a son, Navo of Fresno; a daughter, Jeanette Melnick of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Remembrances may be sent to the Lraper Newspaper, 13460 Rangoon Ave., Arleta 91331.
Alma Arax (1909 - 1999)
Ara Arax (1931 - 1972)*
Masis Ararat Cemetery
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Jun 07, 2009
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