A brick at the Saranac Laboratory has been dedicated in the name of Albert (Bags) Bagdasarian by Joan Siedenburg. Albert Charles Bagdasarian Bags Bagdasarian, far right, with Dr. Edward S. Welles with   Courtesy of Edward Nutter.

Born: April 4th, 1897

Died: August 27, 1968

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 28, 1968

"Bags," as he was affectionately called, lived for a number of years at the Downing Block until the fire when he moved to the Berkeley. Because the Berkeley was being renovated for college students, he moved into the Hotel Saranac. According to Joan Siedenburg, Bags became friends with W. Somerset Maugham during his stay in Saranac Lake and they played cards together at the hotel.

Last Friday he became ill and checked himself into the Saranac Lake General Hospital. While there he suffered two strokes.

The following is his obituary, written by Mr. Bagdasarian himself:

Albert Charles Bagdasarian, a resident of Saranac Lake for over 45 years, died at the Saranac Lake General Hospital at 6:45 last evening. He was 71 years old.

Mr. Bagdasarian was born in Cambridge, Mass. on April 4th, 1897, the son of Barnabus and Alice Rogers Bagdasarian. He attended schools in Cambridge and in 1915 was graduated from Rindge Technical High School.

In that year he went to work as a draughtsman and template maker for the New England Structural Steel Company of East Everett, Mass., where he remained until 1918. Early in 1918 he enlisted in the 102nd Engineers, 27th Division and served with the engineers for ten months in France during World War I. He was wounded in action just before the armistice was signed and spent four months in an English hospital in Birmingham and an American Hospital in Liverpool.

On his discharge in 1919 he was employed in the drafting department of the Becker Milling Machine Company in Hyde Park, a suburb of Boston, and the following year he entered the University of Massachusetts where he remained until 1922. In the fall of that year he came to Saranac Lake for his health and remained here until his death.

For over 15 years, Mr. Bagdasarian worked as a part time announcer for Radio Station WNBZ specializing in local news He was one of the early members of the Saranac Lake Duplicate Bridge Club and kept up an active interest in duplicate play most of his life.

He leaves no known relatives and there will be no funeral service. His body will be cremated and the ashes, at his request, will be scattered in a quiet place in the woods close to Saranac Lake.