Samuel Nakasian Samuel Nakasian, an international lawyer and economist, and former administrator of the United States Marshall Plan, died on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at his farm in Greenwood, at the age of 96.
Mr. Nakasian was born on December 5, 1915, in Samsun, Turkey, (then the Ottoman Empire) and after being orphaned by the Armenian genocide, immigrated to America with his two older sisters. Through The Children's Aid Society in New York, he found a home with a loving dairy farming family in Troupsberg, New York. At the onset of the Great Depression, he moved to New York City where he worked days and completed high school at night. He received a B.A. in Economics from New York University in 1940 and an M.A. in Economics from Columbia University in 1943. Ineligible for military service due to an injury he sustained as a child, Mr. Nakasian moved to Washington in 1941 to serve in the Office of Price Administration (OPA) and the War Foods Administration. From 1943 until 1947, he worked for the Executive Office of President Roosevelt as Senior Economist in the United States Bureau of the Budget. He attended Georgetown Law School at night and earned an LLB from Georgetown in 1946. From 1948 until 1951, he served as Chief of the Price Branch for the United States Marshall Plan. He retired from government service in 1951 to enter private practice as an international lawyer and trade negotiator working in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
In 1951, Mr. Nakasian married Patricia Prochnik of Washington, D.C., and together they raised four children in Bronxville, New York. While living in Bronxville, Mr. Nakasian ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1968, served as Chairman of the Board for Saint Joseph's Hospital in Yonkers, and was appointed Trustee of SUNY/Binghampton. Returning to his farming roots, he semi-retired to Greenwood in 1977. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, in 1996. In 1999, he married Carolyn Sutton of McLean, Virginia, and with her enjoyed a long and happy late afternoon of life.
Mr. Nakasian is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn; his children, Stephanie Nakasian O'Brien of Greenwood, Stirling Nakasian of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Suzie Nakasian of Northfield, Minnesota and Stacey Nakasian of Wickford, Rhode Island; three stepdaughters, Linda Conrad Young of Oakton, Virginia, Karen Conrad of Alexandria, Virginia, and Lin Reuther of North Chittenden, Vermont; nine grandchildren and a step granddaughter. He is also survived by his nephew, Edward Stoeber of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; and niece, Barbara Smith of Garden City, New York.
A private burial service will be held for the family. A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Greenwood, 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012. Donations in Mr. Nakasian's memory can be made to The Children's Aid Society, 105 East 22nd Street, Suite 504, New York, New York 10010. Please designate "in honor of Samuel Nakasian" in the memo line.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.