Robert Avakian, DDS
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January 24, 1929 - July 1, 2013
Loving husband, cousin, godfather, uncle, mentor, educator and friend to many, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 1, 2013. Bobby graduated from Fresno High School in 1946, received his Bachelors Degree in Zoology from USC in 1950, his Doctorate at the USC School of Dentistry in 1954 and was Honorably Discharged as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Dental Corp after serving aboard the USS Boxer. Dr. Avakian was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the USC Century Club, the USC Cardinal & Gold, Club, Board of Counselors of the USC Dental School, a life member of the USC Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity the Skull and Dagger Society, president of the Jones Gold Foil Study Club, as well as member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the California State Board of Dental Examiners. Among his many accolades, Dr. Avakian received the Lewis E. Ford Memorial Award for Fixed Prosthodontics from the USC School of Dentistry in 1954, Outstanding Teacher USC Dental School in 1963 and 1972, Fellow of the American College of Dentists in 1982, Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 1983, Honored Teacher Class of 1963 and Alumnus of the Year USC Dental School in 1998. His greatest honor however, was the enormous love and warmth he gave and received from his many students, patients, friends and relatives. He will be dearly missed by his devoted wife, Cheryl; brother and sister-in-law, godson, many adoring cousins, nieces, nephews, patients, countless friends and his darling Pomeranian doggies. Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno on Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Ararat Cemetery, Fresno. A Memorial Service will be held at the Palos Verdes Country Club on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Richard Kahn Professorship at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC 925 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90089 (213) 740-2805. Condolences may be offered by visiting whitehurstsullivan.com. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 6, 2013