Arm Tashdinian Armen Tashdinian  

August 8, 2014

Died on August 8, 2014 at the Washington Home and Community Hospices while in the company of several of his close friends. He had cancer of the pancreas.  

Mr. Tashdinian was born on November 22, 1934 in Sacramento, CA. He earned a BA and MA in history from the University of California at Berkeley. Following two years in Sacramento, he enlisted in the Army in 1957, having been admitted to the Army Language School in Monterey, CA, where he was trained as a German language specialist. Being assigned to the Army Security Agency in Berlin, he began an exciting period in his life, and he developed a fascination with German history and culture which lasted throughout his life.  

After the Army, in 1962 he was offered several positions in federal agencies in Washington, DC after passing the Federal Management Intern exam. He chose the FAA training program, specializing in staffing and management studies. In 1965 he moved to the Department of Education where he became deeply involved President Johnson's federal education program development. Later in the 1960's he transferred to the National Endowment for the Humanities where he served in the Senior Executive Service until he took early retirement in 1985. Following that he became a licensed DC tour guide and was involved in the early development of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC.  

Mr. Tashdinian leaves his sister, Arnette Gray, of Sacramento, CA, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as his close friends in Washington, and throughout the US and Germany
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