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Armenian history volumes author Antranig Chalabian dies at 89

PanARMENIAN.Net - Dr. Antranig Chalabian, the author of several volumes of Armenian history, died on April 12, at his home in Southfield. He was 89.

Chalabian wrote several volumes on Armenian history and historical figures, which went on to sell well. He is best known for his biography of General Andranik.

After graduating from the local Armenian Evangelical School, he studied at Aleppo College and graduated in 1944. In the summer of 1949, Chalabian moved to Beirut, where his family had settled in 1945. He took a position in the physiology department of the American University of Beirut, where he remained for 27 years. During his last 14 years there, he worked as a free-lance medical illustrator, illustrating almost entirely three medical books and thousands of research papers. In 1977, Chalabian and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Detroit.

In 1984 he published his first bi-lingual book General Andranik and the Armenian Revolutionary Movement. The book became an instant best seller and was printed in more than 75,000 copies in Armenia. He donated the proceeds from that print to the Karabakh freedom fighters. In 1989 the History Department of the University of Armenia invited him to defend his exhaustive historical study. Upon a successful defense he was awarded a doctorate in history. The book was later translated into Turkish and Spanish.

Chalabian received numerous accolades and recognition. Armenian organizations in various states invited him to lecture. The mayor of Southfield designated in 2005 a day as Dr. Antranig Chalabian Day in recognition of his goodwill ambassadorship of the city through his readers worldwide.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, April 30, at the Armenian Congregational Church, Southfield, the Armenian Mirror-Spectator reported.

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