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Samuel Malkasian

Samuel Malkasian: A Humble Benefactor Leaves an Enduring Gift

October 11, 2023

During his life, Samuel Malkasian lived humbly, his financial wealth unknown even to close friends and family.

But when Mr. Malkasian passed away on August 3, at age 101, he left $1.2 million to the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, unrestricted funds that will enable the Boston elder care community to continue its best-in-class tradition and embark on a new era of growth.

During his life, Mr. Malkasian remained anonymous and declined any recognition or acknowledgement of the bequest.

“This remarkable act of philanthropy demonstrates a deep commitment to the cause of the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, driven solely by the desire to make a meaningful impact on others without seeking personal recognition or praise,” said Scott Ariel, Chief Advancement Officer for the Armenian Women’s Welfare Association.

“We extend our deepest, heartfelt gratitude to the late Mr. Samuel Malkasian, his niece Sandra and her husband Kevin,” said Ariel, speaking on behalf of the AWWA board, which sponsors the nursing and rehabilitation center.

Mr. Malkasian accumulated wealth as an engineer at Raytheon, where he spent his entire professional career. He thrived at the marquee defense contracting company even though he never attended college, his family said.

Mr. Malkasian never displayed his affluence, said his niece, Sandra, who cherished their weekly visits. When, at 96, he took a fall at home, it was decided that an assisted living facility in Burlington was the best place for him. He never mentioned wealth or savings and lived there for five years.

Born in 1922, Samuel Malkasian was a longtime resident of Medford. Beloved son of the late Vahan Sarkis Malkasian and Isgouhi (Shabajian) Malkasian, he was also the loving brother of the late Agnes Malkasian and Virginia Kouyoumjian. He was the devoted uncle of Sandra Farrell and her husband, Kevin, Arlene Mazmanian and the late Ara Kouyoumjian, and is survived by many great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

Mr. Malkasian was also a longtime member of King Solomon’s Masonic Lodge in Somerville.

The Armenian Women’s Welfare Association Board of Directors, proud sponsor of the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, our residents, colleagues, and families extend our deepest heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Samuel Malkasian, his niece, Sandra, her husband, Kevin, and their entire extended family.

Founded in 1915, the Armenian Women’s Welfare Association provides elder care services both domestically and abroad. The Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica Plain includes 83 dual-license beds in a not-for-profit, skilled nursing environment offering both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. AWWA also oversees the Hanganak Elder Program and Clinic in Armenia, a non-governmental organization that provides medical services, food, fuel, and social support.