“The Armenian Evangelical Community has deep historical roots in the Middle East. One of those is called Haigazian University and I had the privilege of serving as its Founding President.” – Rev. Dr. John Markarian (October 2020)
PARAMUS, NJ—It is with deep sorrow that the Armenian Missionary Association of America shares the sad news of the passing of Rev. Dr. John J. Markarian, the Founding President of Haigazian University of Beirut, Lebanon. He passed away on June 29, 2021, just weeks after celebrating his 104th birthday on June 7.
“Although Dr. Markarian has physically imparted from this earth, he remains a shining star in the field of higher education and the history of the Armenian Missionary Association of America. As thousands of Haigazian University students mourn his loss, we praise God for generations of Haigazian graduates who have illuminated the skies of humanity and brilliantly served their respective communities around the globe,” remarked Armenian Missionary Association of America Executive Director/CEO Zaven Khanjian.
The Rev. Dr. John J. Markarian, of West Pittston was born in Windham, N.Y., a son of the late Jacob and Dora (Euth) Markarian. He was a graduate of Lafayette College and Princeton Divinity School. Rev. Dr. Markarian later served on the faculty at Lafayette College. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister and earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Theology from Drew University. The Rev. Dr. Markarian was the founding president of Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon. An account of his years there is relayed in his memoir, “The Thirsty Enemy.” He and his wife, Inge, later moved to California and eventually to West Pittston where they resided for the last 34 years.
He leaves his wife, Inge, of 47 years; his daughter, Joanne Kubler, of Los Angeles; his grandson, Michael Kubler and his wife Kathryn, and his great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Ari, of Sydney, Australia.
A celebration of Rev. Dr. Markarian’s life will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations can be made online or sent to the Armenian Missionary Association of America at 31 W. Century Rd., Paramus, NJ 07652. (Please include a memo on check: Rev. Dr. John Markarian Memorial.) Donations will benefit the Rev. Dr. John J. Markarian Scholarship Fund designated to Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon.
As we mourn the passing of Rev. Dr. Markarian we rejoice in his life and find consolation in the Hope of the Resurrection.