FAR and ANSEF mourn the passing of one of the best intellectual minds of the Armenian Diaspora, Vartan Gregorian, who died at age 87.
Mr. Gregorian was a passionate advocate of education and of Armenian culture. His support as one of the founders of FAR’s Yervant Terzian Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) was a testament to this long-standing fervor.
The former head of the Carnegie Corporation in New York, The New York Public Library, and Brown University, Mr. Gregorian was also a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas. He was also a co-founder of the Aurora Foundation.
In 2001, along with Cornell Astrophysicist Dr. Yervant Terzian and many other Armenian Diaspora luminaries, he helped to create ANSEF, which provides financial and other resources to support the pursuit of scientific research, advanced technology development, and scholarly work in Armenia. ANSEF has provided more than $3 million to about 2,500 scientists in Armenia since it was founded. Mr. Gregorian remained on the Advisory Board of Directors until the end of his life, having supported the program’s operations for nearly two decades.
“We at ANSEF are deeply saddened by his passing and we pledge to continue to serve Armenian education and science in his footsteps,” stated the ANSEF's Board.
His vision of a world with more equitable access to education will surely be carried out in his legacy.