Mesrob Ashjian


Age: 62

longtime leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Eastern United States and Canada who moved from New York to Armenia in 1998 to care for the elderly and for children orphaned during the war with Azerbaijan in the 1990's and also helped revive monasteries and churches banned for decades under communist rule, who baptized more than 10,000 children in Armenia after the former Soviet republic declared its independence.

Cause of Death: Heart attack

Born: January 3, 1941

Died: December 2, 2003

Manhattan, New York