Dr. Harut Barsamian Passes Away

Dr. Harut Barsamian
Professor Harut Barsamian after the naming of Colloquia at UC Irvine

Professor Harut Barsamian after the naming of Colloquia at UC Irvine

ORANGE COUNTY—Prominent community leader and activist Professor Harut Barsamian passed away Friday. He was 83.

Barsamian was instrumental in the development of the Armenain-American community of Orange County, providing considerable time and financial resources to the betterment and growth of the community.

He was the main benefactor of the Orange County Armenian Center, which in 2008 was renamed the Harut Barsamian Armenian Center.

In commendation for his generous philanthropy, in 2011 Dr. Barsamian was awarded the “Prince of Cilicia” medal by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. Dr. Barsamian has been a generous supporter of the Western Prelacy, including establishing a scholarship fund to assist Armenian college students. He has also given generously to community organizations and institutions, among them Forty Martyrs Church and the Armenian Center in Orange County bearing his name.

Barsamian was an internationally recognized engineer and information technologist with research interests in computer architecture and massive parallel computing, who had earned patents, publications, awards and honors. Dr. Barsamian was elected as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Life Fellow, the highest honor of the organization, for his contributions in computer architecture, dynamic microprogramming and associative search algorithms.

Barsamian moved to Southern California in 1967, worked on air traffic control systems at Raytheon, explored concepts of microprogramming at NCR, integrated mainframe computing with mini-microcomputer systems at Sperry Univac, then started teaching at University of California at Irvine since 1985, while doing consulting. He was also Adjunct Professor Harut Barsamian as teaching Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department graduate-level colloquia at UCI for free.

In November of 2012, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the UCI held a ceremony to name a large classroom with a courtyard as the Harut Barsamian Colloquia.

Funeral services for Prof. Barsamian will be held at the Church of the Recessional at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale on Wednesday December 2, at 1 p.m.

Asbarez will have extended coverage on Prof. Barsamian’s passing in its upcoming editions.


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  1. Original Armenian said:

    Why was he not celebrated until now. How many people really knew of his accomplishments until now?


    Today we mourn the passing away of a dear friend, Harut Barsamian, who was a renaissance man in every sense of the word. I fondly remember Harut’s stalwart support of an initiative we jointly embarked on more than 15 years ago when we established the Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian. Throughout my chairmanship of the organization, I greatly benefited from Harut’s wise counsel, generosity, and devotion to the cause which helped to transform a dream into reality for many young scientists in Armenia.
    Harut will be truly missed but never forgotten. May he rest in peace.

    Tavit O. Najarian, Sc.D.

  3. Alex Thomasian said:

    I last met Harut and his wife Tamar in summer 2013
    I met his son Prof Arsen Melikian who is a professor of philosphy at Yerevan State Univ YSU.am on Northern Ave in Yervan in May 2014
    I will miss Harut whom I knew since 1980’s dearly, but at leaat I have his excellent memoir to read when I miss hom
    Resurrection with Cane and Shoe was published by Laverne University Press in 2008.
    The book chronicles the horrors confronting the author and his family,
    which repatriated from Syria to Armenia via Lebanon after WW II.