In Memoriam: Louise Manoogian Simone

AMAA and its Board of Directors mourn the passing of Louise Manoogian Simone, a towering pillar in contemporary Armenian history.

Louise Simone’s bold, ahead of her time, visionary contribution in the development of Armenia and Artsakh left an indelible mark on the present and future state of the nation and the Homeland. Louise Simone’s philanthropic priorities took center stage in her benevolent strategy which were farsighted, discerning and judicious. The nation will long applaud her legacy and live to experience its impact. –Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO

Born in Detroit, Michigan on May 19, 1933, Louise Manoogian Simone was the daughter of widely-known patrons in the Armenian community, Alex and Marie Manoogian.  She was late president of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, pioneering founder of the American University of Armenia, and visionary benefactor of numerous Armenian institutions and philanthropic causes. 

As we mourn the passing of Louise Manoogian Simone, we rejoice in her life and find consolation in the Hope of the Resurrection.