The official opening of the Nora Ipekian Azadian Armenian Language Classroom took place on June 24 at the Vahan Tekeyan School of Yerevan. Husband Edmond Y. Azadian, son Gerald Papasian, and family friend Marina Arakchyan were present along with the school’s principal Tsovinar Mardanyan and the teachers of the school.
It was Edmond Azadian’s idea to name a classroom after his wife Nora in one of the schools bearing the Vahan Tekeyan name in Armenia because Nora placed such great importance on Armenian schools. She would always say speak and use the Armenian language. By speaking you will advance and enrich it.
She also was a passionate proponent for many years of the Sponsor a Teacher Program of the Tekeyan Cultural Association of the United States and Canada (TCA), which supports the schools bearing the Tekeyan name. The generous donations of many of her family members and friends to TCA made the renovation of this classroom possible after her recent passing on April 29.
Mrs. Azadian was a creative and sensitive person who found inspiration in the Armenian homeland. This room dedicated to the Armenian language and education is additionally imbued with a special and moving atmosphere now thanks to works of art hanging on the classroom walls which she created with her own hand.