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July 2, 1926 - April 29, 2015 George S. Dunaians, an iconic Pasadena resident, died peacefully in his home on April 29th, 2015, surrounded by family. He will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, businessman, philanthropist, mentor and friend to many. He was 88. Born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to Stepan and Nina. 1938, Stepan was exiled and George and Nina moved to Iran where they lived for the next 16 years. He worked at Point Four, the medical division of U.S. Aid through the Marshall Plan following WWII. In 1955, he immigrated to the U.S. In 1958 he married Flora Jane Calusdian of Pasadena, and they made it their home. In 1967, George and Flora founded Western Medical Supply, a veterinary pharmaceutical company; with many loyal employees, renowned for exceptional customer service, quality and integrity. As a Trustee in 1965 George became an active member of St. Gregory Armenian Church, Pasadena; in 2007 he became Godfather to the newly built Sanctuary. A great humanitarian, in 1985, George spearheaded the fundraising for St. Gregory Alfred & Margerite Hovsepian Day School. In 1988, following a devastating earthquake in Armenia, George and Flora dedicated their efforts and personal resources to help rebuild their ancestral homeland, by supporting countless philanthropic and humanitarian projects. In 1994, along with close friends, George and Flora founded DSA, Developmental Services for Armenia. George was awarded the St. Nerces the Graceful Medal for humanitarian services and St. Gregory the Illuminator Medal as a benefactor to the church. George, a sports enthusiast, loved tennis and attending the horse races. He enjoyed playing cards, backgammon and dominoes. He loved his friends and family and was respected by all. He spent his final days sitting under his oak trees, admiring his tranquil garden and appreciating the gift of a full and rich life... He is survived by his wife of 57 years Flora, his daughters Suzie and Gigi, his son-in-law Andrew, and his grandchildren Raffi, Talar and George Jr. He will live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. A 40th Day Memorial Service will be held on June 14th at 11:00 a.m. St. Gregory Armenian Church- 2215 East Colorado Street, Pasadena, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Gregory Armenian Church, Pasadena or Developmental Services of Armenia, P.O. Box 660849- Arcadia, California 91066.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 4 to June 6, 2015
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