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Dr. Harry B. Moordigian, Jr., age 76, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at the California Armenian Home in Fresno, CA, with family at his bedside. He was born in Sanger, CA, to Harry Sr. and Nevart (Sohigian) Moordigian on January 14, 1939. A graduate of Sanger High School and Fresno State College, he served in the United States Army for two years in Korea, and went on to obtain a Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Washington University Dental School in St. Louis, MO, graduating in 1969. He retired in 2011, from a 41 year successful dental practice. He was a member of the American Dental Association, Triple X Fraternity, Sanger Tigers, and Knights of Vartan. Dr. Moordigian has actively supported Fresno State since the 1970's, when he joined the Bulldog Foundation. Since then, his contributions have supported numerous programs including the Armenian Studies Department and Bulldog athletics. In 2007, he honored his parents, Harry and Nevart Moordigian, by establishing an endowment to support students in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. He gave a generous donation to The Fresno Family Counseling Center, run by Fresno State's Kremen School of Education and Human Development, which helps expand mental health services in the Central Valley. He also donated to the South Valley Education Initiative which will provide scholarships to South Valley students. Dr. Moordigian's latest gift established an endowment to enhance the Jordan Agricultural Research Center's microbiology laboratory. This space will be named the Dr. Harry B. Moordigian, Jr. Laboratory and will be used by students and faculty to research microorganisms in food processing and wine production. His life will be celebrated in the spring prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the lab. Dr. Moordigian was preceded in death by his mother Nevart; father Harry; and step-mother, Victoria (Antoyan). He is survived by his daughter, Gina Dean and her husband Nathan, and their two sons, Griffin and Nicholas, of Fresno; daughter, Lisa Moordigian; ex-wife and friend, Judy Moordigian; and many cousins and friends he considered family. Cremation was arranged by The Neptune Society. In keeping with his wishes, a service will be held private. Remembrances may be made in Harry's honor to Fresno State's Agriculture Department and Education Department; or The California Armenian Home.
Published in the Fresno Bee on Nov. 21, 2015
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