July 17, 1996 - Issue: Vol. 142, No. 105 — Daily Edition104th Congress (1995 - 1996) - 2nd Session
TRIBUTE TO PHILANTHROPIST ALEX MANOOGIAN; Congressional Record Vol. 142, No. 105
(Extensions of Remarks - July 17, 1996)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1304] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO PHILANTHROPIST ALEX MANOOGIAN ______ HON. GEORGE P. RADANOVICH of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, July 17, 1996 Mr. RADANOVICH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of Armenian philanthropist Alex Manoogian. After a long and prosperous life, Mr. Manoogian passed away July 10, at the age of 95. Mr. Manoogian was born in 1901 and came to the United States at the age of 24, after completing his primary and secondary education. Manoogian relocated to Bridgeport, CT, and sought employment in a factory during the day, while he taught Armenian classes during the evenings. Eventually, Mr. Manoogian made Detroit his home in 1924. He worked in a manufacturing plant, and eventually combined his formal education and his work experience to found his own company which became the MASCO Corp., the first company owned by an Armenian to be listed on the American Stock Exchange. Today his company reports annual sales of over $3 billion. In addition to his company, Manoogian was active in many philanthropic and service organizations. He will probably be most remembered for the work he did for the Armenia General Benevolent Union [AGBU]. After joining the organization in the 1930's, he served the AGBU in numerous capacities including the Avak Sbarabed (national commander), as a member of the board of directors, and international president. Manoogian served as international president for 17 years and was voted life president in 1970 and in 1989, was voted as honorary life president when his daughter assumed presidential duties. On an International level, Manoogian has also contributed to a wide array of Armenian, American, Dutch, Latin American, Australian and Lebanese museums, schools, libraries, hospitals, and universities. Although there is an exhaustive list, just a few include: the Marie Manoogian School in Los Angeles, the Armenian Church in Amsterdam, Holland and the Alex Manoogian Center in Zaleh, Lebanon. He is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Wayne University in Detroit, American Armenian International College in La Verne, Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI, and Yerev State University in Armenia. Alex Manoogian possessed the determination, drive, and ingenuity, our forefathers founded this country on, over 200 years ago. I wish today to extent my sympathies to the Manoogian family and the Armenian community worldwide on the passing of a wonderful leader. ____________________