Samuel Vreeland Aaronian, 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Sunday, April 29, 2007, after becoming ill while visiting a friend in Connecticut.
The son of Peg and Rich Aaronian, Exeter, New Hampshire, Sam worked as a project manager for Unison Site Management, in New York City. He had also worked in the Editorial Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and had been involved in the publication of several books. His contributions to several online sports magazines derived from his love of the Boston Red Sox.
Born in Exeter, N.H., on August 29, 1978, Sam was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Class of 1997, and of Wesleyan University’s class of 2001. At Exeter, he pitched for the baseball team and served as captain of the soccer team, even though a knee injury kept him from playing during his senior year. He was also active in ESSO, the Exeter community service group and in the peer counseling group.
An avid reader and a talented writer who listed “the serial comma” as one of his interests, Sam was the one his friends would call on to review their graduate school applications, resumes and cover letters.
He was a passionate Red Sox fan who delighted in walking the streets of the “Evil Empire” wearing his Red Sox cap, especially during the 2004 American League Championship series.
He enjoyed traveling, and during his high school and college years, Mr. Aaronian studied in Germany, first in Gottingen, and later at the University of Regensberg as part of his degree in the College of Letters at Wesleyan. As a child, he spent a year in St. Andrews, Scotland, during his father’s sabbatical. More recently, he traveled to Costa Rica and Belize and had hoped to visit Armenia, the homeland of his paternal grandparents.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Eric Suren Aaronian, of Providence, Rhode Island, and a large extended family, including his aunts and their spouses, Lillian and Robert Devine, of Venice, Florida; Grace S. Putnam, of Rye, New Hampshire; Rosalie Aaronian, of Medford, Massachusetts; and Kathy Vreeland and Jonathan Eld, of Locke, New York. He is also survived by an uncle, Robert H. Vreeland and his wife, Madeline, of Sandwich, Massachusetts. His great-aunt, Phyllis Altoonian, lives in Watertown, Massachusetts. In addition to his cousins, Sam is survived by a close-knit family of loyal, supportive friends.
Sam’s family encourages friends to visit them at their home in Exeter; there will be no formal calling hours.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 19, at Phillips Church at Phillips Exeter Academy. Friends are encouraged to sign the online condolence book at xxxxxxxxx; those memories, plus others submitted to the Aaronian family before Wednesday, May 16, 2007, will be included in a booklet being prepared for the service.
Donations in Sam’s name may be made to the Hrant Dink Memorial Forest, c/o Armenian Tree Project (65 Main Street, Watertown, MA. 02472), to Phillips Exeter Academy (20 Main Street, Exeter, N.H. 03833) to support the student counseling program, or to the charity of one’s choice.