Mr. Vahan Adjemian
Mr. Vahan Adjemian was born in 1922 in Uskudar, Istanbul. His father was from the historic Armenian city of Sepastia, and his mother was from Bulgaria. They married in Bulgaria during World War I, became Bulgarian citizens and moved to Istanbul after the War ended. Vahan Adjemian's Bulgarian nationality would later become an obstacle to him throughout his life.
Vahan Adjemian attended several Armenian schools in Istanbul and graduated from Getronagan Armenian High School. He majored in Physics and Chemistry at Istanbul University and received a Master's degree in Nuclear Physics from the Technical University of Istanbul.
He began his teaching career in 1956 at the Sourp Khatch Tibrevank in Istanbul, on the encouragement and invitation of the Very Reverend Father Karekin Kazanjian, who served as principal at the time, and later as Patriarch of the Armenian See of Istanbul. Later, Mr. Adjemian went on to work at the Sahakyan and Esayan Armenian High Schools. He taught Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry until his retirement. He later moved to Paris, France in 1983.
Baron Vahan, as he was so fondly and respectfully known to his students, is loved and remembered by all but he holds a very special place in the hearts of all Tibrevanktsees. Besides being an excellent teacher, he was a role model, big brother and best friend to all his students. The special relationship with his Tibrevanktsee students is due to Tibrevank being a boarding school, where deeper relationships were formed within the school community. He kept in touch with his students after their graduation and still continued to be in touch, even though some of them became grandparents. He came to know his students, their children and then even their grandchildren. He believed in maintaining strong family bonds and friendships.
His students enjoyed his company anytime and whenever it was possible. They looked forward to spending time with him.
Baron Vahan was a giver. He never asked for anything nor was he willing to accept anything from his students. He had always been the one to give.
In this spirit of giving, his students from Tibrevank, found it very fitting to offer scholarships in his name to Armenian students. They established the Vahan Adjemian Scholarship Fund in March 2011. They felt, it was what he would do, and they were honored and proud to form this Scholarship Fund in his name.
Vahan Adjemian passed away on May 2, 2019 in Paris, France. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him.