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Arthur Kuljian Obituary
Arthur Kuljian a Penn Valley resident and internationally prominent engineer passed away on March 19, 2013 following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Art was born on June 27, 1923 in Boston, Ma ., to Harry and Alice Kuljian. He graduated with honors from Ridley Park High School in 1941 and completed two years of study at M. I. T. before beginning 4 years of military service during WW11. Art served with distinction in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in both the European and Pacific theatres before returning home to graduate from M.I.T. in 1948 with a B.S. in mechanical and electrical engineering. Joining The Kuljian Corporation, a large engineering and construction management firm founded in 1932 by his late father, Art started on a career which saw him rise to CEO. Under his leadership, following his deceased father, the firm broadened their technology base, established new markets and formed alliances with numerous American and foreign Multi-national giants. The Corporation's collaboration with Korean giant Hyundai was a showcase example of American - Asian business success as the two firms designed and constructed many "big ticket' infrastructure projects such as power plants which created thousands of jobs in both countries. Under Art's leadership the firm also enjoyed first time projects in Guatemala and Iran. Art's success was not limited to the international arena, as his domestic strategy helped the firm secure large municipal and Rural Electrification power plant projects along with growing their "Fortune 500" private sector client list. He was a key speaker at many international conferences on the vital role of electric power in developing nations. Following acquisition of the firm in 1980, he continued to play a key role until his retirement. He was a member of ASME, IEEE, and a Fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science. On the personal side, one of Art's unique talent's was his ability to balance business and family interests. As his four children will attest, their dad rarely missed a birthday, graduation, or other important event in their lives and they treasure to this day the exciting gifts he gave them from his international travels. Art was active in his church and gave generously of his time to numerous charitable and civic organizations in the main line area. Despite his accomplishments, he was always humble and quick to praise others. The CEO of one of the biggest multi-national corporations in the world described him as "genuine and self-effacing; not a phony". Ed, Art's younger brother tells of an experience they had in 1937 when they traveled to Cairo, Egypt to visit their maternal grandparents. Bored, with little to do, the brothers would take a mid-morning walk through the affluent neighborhood. On one occasion, a resident's pet camel reached over the garden wall and his giant teeth barely missed clipping off Ed's ear. Before the camel could make a second (and likely successful) effort, Art grabbed Ed's arm and both hit the ground inches from disaster. The message this encounter sent? Ed said "it was a perfect example of how he always had my back. I hasten to add that this trait was not exclusively reserved for me. Hundreds who crossed paths with Art were beneficiaries of his supportive mindset". Family, friends and business colleagues will all cherish fond memories of Art. Art is survived by his wife Lucille: children Arthur H. Jr., Richard E., Elizabeth Rothman and Gordon G.; 8 grandchildren and his brother Edward Kuljian. Funeral services were held on March 23 at the Ardmore United Methodist Church , Ardmore Pa. Burial was private in St. Pauls's cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Ardmore United Methodist Church.

Published in Main Line Media News on Apr. 14, 2013
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