Lindy Vahag Avakian

Lindy Vahag Avakian

Madera County, California, USA
Death 15 Jan 2003 (aged 75)
Burial Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Plot Block 5, Lot 614, Grave 3
Memorial ID 131247517 · View Source
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Lindy V. Avakian married Glynna Cornelsen
on 3 November 1959 in Monterey County, California.
The Fresno Bee
Fresno, California
Tuesday, 21 January 2003

Lindy Vahag Avakian, a Fresno author who wrote about the Armenian holocaust, died Wednesday.
He was 75.

Mr. Avakian was best-known for his book "The Cross and the Crescent." He wrote the book from the viewpoint of Soghomon Tehlirian, who in 1921 shot to death Talaat Pasha, a Turkish leader considered a principal perpetrator in the Armenian genocide. A German jury acquitted Tehlirian, finding the killing was justified because of Pasha's role in the genocide. The book was originally published in 1965 and went into a third printing five years ago. In 1968, California's state Assembly presented a resolution to Mr. Avakian in recognition of the book about Tehlirian.

Tehlirian, whose parents died in the genocide between 1915 and 1918, is buried in Ararat Cemetery in Fresno, his grave marker topped with a 22-foot granite and marble monument topped with a golden eagle. Tehlirian was his father's close friend and became a good friend to Mr. Avakian, as well.

Mr. Avakian, the ninth of 10 children, was a native of Madera.

Mr. Avakian also was a third-degree black belt in judo. He helped bring judo to the Valley in the early 1950s. In 1956, he completed 14 months of judo training in Japan, becoming the first American to graduate from the Kodokan Judo Institute's first foreign instruction course. He also co-wrote two books about judo.

His niece, Peggy Avakian, described her uncle Monday as having a "greater than life kind of image."

Mr. Avakian served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1953 and served in Korea during the Korean conflict. During his military tenure, he trained Special Forces and tactical teams in the art of self-defense.

He later earned a bachelor's degree in English from Fresno State College in 1956.

Mr. Avakian is survived by his wife of 43 years, Glynna Mae; his daughter, Melessa; and son, Jason. He also is survived by three brothers, Koch, Berg and Larry Avakian.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Masis Ararat Cemetery in Fresno.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Yost & Webb Funeral Home in Fresno.

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