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Natalie Aharonian, Retired Staff, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on February 01, 2008. Ms. Aharonian was Director Undergraduate Admissions.

A memorial service for Ms. Aharonian will be held at the convenience of the family.

Natalie Aharonian was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1929, the daughter of Harry and Diana Aharonian, and died at her home in Newton on February 1, 2008. Past Chairman, Armenian Student's Association of America (ASA), University Director of Admissions, Pianist in Newton, Massachusetts, Ms. Aharonian served the Armenian General Benevolent Union of America (AGBU - a philanthropic Armenian-American international organization) and the ASA in several capacities over the years. A graduate of Wellesley College, she attended Juilliard and Yale for post-graduate studies in piano, and continued studies in England, where she received a fellowship for piano studies with noted teacher Denise Lassimone, and was offered a scholarship provided by Dame Myra Hess for a second year of studies. In 1970, Ms. Aharonian began her admissions career at Rutgers. She first served as Associate Dean of Admissions for Douglass College and was promoted to the position of Director of Undergraduate Admissions for the University, where she supervised the entire undergraduate admissions activity. She is credited with centralizing and streamlining admissions and recruitment procedures, and with increasing application numbers and yield. She developed and secured funding to attract and enroll New Jersey's most gifted and talented students and greater numbers of minority students. While at Rutgers, Ms. Aharonian was a Governor Appointee to the Task Force on Admissions Planning for the Eighties. In 1985, Ms. Aharonian left Rutgers to assume the position of Director, Board of Admissions, at Wellesley College. She is survived by her mother; her Braman, Tashjian; and several members of the Simsarian, Movsesian, and Rivers families.

Special Requests

Donations in Ms. Aharonian's memory may be made to Rutgers University Foundation Armenian Studies Program, 7 College Ave., New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901; and ALS Association, MA Chapter, 75 McNeil Way, Suite 310, Dedham, MA 02026.

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