LOS ANGELES–The Homenetmen Western United States Regional Executive announced this week that Homenetmen members Vache and Jane Soghomonian have graciously agreed to preside over the 26th Annual Homenetmen Navasartian Games as Honorary Presidents–and have made a generous donation of $25,000 on this occasion.
Vache Soghomonian was born in Kessab–Syria–and at a young age–along with his family–immigrated to Lebanon–where he began his Homenetmen career at the tender age of seven. First as a scout–and later as an athlete–Soghomonian remained active in the Beirut Chapter of the organization for years.
"As a child–I suffered from Malaria–which at the time was not easily cured. Therefore–I spent a lot of time watching friends who had the energy and enthusiasm do things I wished to do–and upon joining the athletic programs of Homenetmen–my physical health improved significantly–and for that I am grateful to the organization," explained Soghomonian during a recent interview. Soghomonian left his mark in his chapter as a superb basketball player in the division A games–as well as a formidable athlete in table tennis and swimming. Also–following his love of bicycling–he participated in a number of the Bike races organized by his chapter between Beirut and Saida.
The "Healthy Mind–Healthy Body" motto of Homenetmen has been a force in his life–and "my life’s belief" explained the Homenetmen member.
He received his elementary education at Beirut’s St. Nshan Armenian School–and his secondary education was completed at the Eshrefieh Armenian Religious High School.
In 1955–after working at the Kuwaiti Royal Hospital–he immigrated to the United States to continue his education in chemical engineering at San Jose State University. He worked at Fullerton’s Bakman Instrumen’s company–where he held the position of Research and Development Engineer for Laboratory and Medical Instrumentation.
Continuing his love of the athletics–he was a highly ranked in the 1956 Northern California College Tournamen’s in table tennis.
In 1962–at the invention of two medical breakthroughs – Vivo Ion Detection and Continuing Flow Cell – he was awarded patents for both–and he continues to hold those patents.
With a solid background in chemical engineering–Soghomonian began working for the world’s second largest computer manufacturing company Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). With the encouragement of company leaders–Soghomonian entered the University of California at Berkeley and earned his MS in Computer Science in 1978 and returned to the same company to take on a senior level position.
Having met New Jersey native Jane Kardashian–an accomplished dermatologist–Soghomonian began his family in 1981–by marring Jane.
In 1983–finally settling in Fresno–he founded the Fresno branch of DEC operations. And in 1993–Soghomonian founded the Fresno based Compuware company–which to this day serves the area’s major companies and corporations with digital equipment.
The Soghomonians have two children–Lisa and Armen;an attorney and an electrical engineer–respectively.
"I am not a member of any political parties–but I believe in supporting those organizations–which work for the Armenian nation–and for me those two organizations–which enjoy broad popular support–are the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and the Armenian General Benevolent Union," explained Soghomonian.
Soghomonian’s heart–however–as he explains–is always with Homenetmen–because he credits the organization with his personal health and the love that exists in him for his people.
Following the motto of "Elevate Yourself and Others with You" during the initial days of the Karabakh movement–Soghomonian organized a Navasartian Games torch marathon from Fresno to Glendale–during which he was able to raise $20,000 to be sent to Karabakh through the Armenian Relief Society. He has also undertaken similar projects in support of Camp Kessab in the Angeles National Forest.
Another significant project was when Soghomonian organized a bicycle tour from Stepanakert to Yerevan (22 hours) in 1999–in support of the Armenian Technology Group’s agricultural projects. The proceeds of this project went to Karabakh’s agricultural programs.
Soghomonian and his family have at all times remained active participants in the Fresno community–many times taking on leadership roles in the community’s schools and churches.
"I will continue to support my homeland and my people–within my abilities. I believe in the Homenetmen ideals and philosophy–and I will to the end of my life remain thankful and proud of this organization–which continues to develop the love of our nation in new generations–growing up away from our homeland," said Soghomonian.