Born: In Ordu, Turkey: October 3, 1919

Died: In Northampton: November 3, 2009

Married: Gloria Bedekian

Children: Leslie, Andrea, Gina

Levon (Fred) Ayvazian was born in Turkey during the genocide of the Armenian people. He came with his family to the U.S.A through Ellis Island and settled in Manhattan. He was a physician and a writer. He was the head doctor at Will Rogers Hospital, c. 1960-1970. The family lived on Turtle Pond.

In 1975, while serving as professor of medicine at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, he was co-developer of a "quick and easy blood test that could be used on a mass basis to detect lung cancer at an early and curable stage." 1

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 11, 1972

About Town

Dr. Fred Ayvazian, former medical director of Will Rogers Hospital and now chief of pulmonary disease service at the Veterans Hospital in East Orange, N. J., has been elected vice president of the New Jersey Thoracic Society. This newly organized chapter of the American Thoracic Society will serve as the medical arms of the Tuberculosis Respiratory Disease Association of New Jersey.

Dr. Ayvazian is also associate professor of medicine it the College of Medicine of New Jersey at Newark.



1. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 19, 1975