WATERTOWN–Mass.–Long time Hairenik daily editor–writer–teacher and dedicated Armenian Revolutionary Federation leader Minas Tololyan passed away Friday. He was 84.
Tololyan was born on November 24–1913 in Bardizag and during the 1915 Armenian Genocide his family was exiled to Konya.
Tololyan was separated from his parents at the age of 2 and with his uncles and aunts he moved to Izmir–where during the massacres he lost his grandfather. He survived the Izmir massacres and moved to Constantinople where he was united with his family.
While there–he attended the Mekhitarian school and at the age of 13 he wrote his first poem which was published in the school year book. At 17 he began publishing a cultural/literary magazine called "Ardzan" (statue).
He graduated from the Mekhitarian college in 1933 and worked as a teacher and educator until 1960 in Istanbul–Sofia–Aleppo–Cairo and Beirut.
In 1943 Tololyan married Kohar Chobanian and they had two children Khatchig and Sose.
In 1948 he was named principal of the Karen Jeppe Jemaran in Aleppo. He moved to Beirut in 1957 where he became the principal of the St. Mark (Sourp Neshan) school.
In 1960 he moved to the United States where he worked as writer for Hairenik daily and–at the same time–became the executive secretary of the ARF Central Committee of the US. He was the editor of Hairenik daily from 1962 to 1979.
He has published numerous volumes on Armenian literature–including an anthology of a century of Armenian literature–as well as historical books on the Armenian liberation struggle and the church movement.
National funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Armenian Church in Watertown–under the auspices of Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian. Burial will follow at Mount Auburn Cemetery. A memorial luncheon is also scheduled at St. Stephen’s Church hall. In lieu of flowers–donations may be made to Hairenik publication and St. Stephen’s Armenian school.