The late Walter Sepetjian of Fresno has bequeathed $25,000 to the Armenian Studies Program to establish a scholarship fund in his name. The income from the fund will benefit Fresno State students taking courses in Armenian Studies. Mr. Sepetjian passed away on Tuesday, June 29, 2010.
Walter Sepetjian was born in Middleboro, Massachusetts on November 2, 1933. He graduated from Middleboro High School in 1951 and then served in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Sepetjian graduated from Fresno Junior College (now Fresno City College) in 1955 and continued his education, graduating from Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno) in January 1959.
Mr. Sepetjian was a teacher in the Fresno Unified School District from 1959 to 1989, first at Carver Elementary and then Viking Elementary. He was a long-time member of the Fresno State Alumni Association and the Bulldog Foundation. He also was a frequent contributor to the Armenian Studies Program.
Mr. Sepetjian was universally liked and respected and was very proud of Fresno State and especially proud of his Armenian heritage.