It is with deep sorrow to announce the passing of our beloved Professor Vahakn Dadrian. He was a source of strength to his Armenian community and we will always be appreciative and grateful for his lifelong dedication to the Armenian cause. My dear Professor Vahakn, May You Rest In Peace and Light
Vahakn Norair Dadrian (1926-2019)
Vahakn Norair Dadrian was born in 1926 in Turkey, to a family that lost many members during the Armenian Genocide.Dadrian first studied mathematics at the University of Berlin, after which he decided to switch to a completely different field, and studied philosophy at the University of Vienna, and later, international law at the University of Zürich. He completed his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Chicago.
He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree for his research in the field of Armenian Genocide Studies by the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, and later, in 1998, he was made a member of the Academy and honored by the President of Armenia, the republic’s highest cultural award, the Khorenatzi medal. In 1999, Dadrian was awarded on behalf of the Holy See of Cilicia the Mesrob Mashdots Medal. The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation sponsored him as director of a large Genocide study project, which culminated with the publication of articles, mainly in the Holocaust and Genocide studies magazines. He was the keynote speaker at the centennial of the John Marshall Law School and delivered a lecture to the British House of Commons in 1995. He also received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
In 1970–1991 Dadrian was a professor of sociology at State University of New York-College at Geneseo.