In memoriam: Peter G. Garabedian

Monday, March 30, 2020

Professor Emeritus of Sociology Peter G. Garabedian died at home in Berkeley with his family on March 18, the day after his 93rd birthday. Garabedian taught sociology and criminology at SF State from 1968 to 1992.

Peter GarabedianGarabedian was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, to survivors of the 1915-1917 Armenian genocide. He lived in Somerville with his parents and his three sisters until joining the Navy during World War II at the age of 17. After the war, he graduated from University of Redlands on the G.I. Bill and earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington. He taught at several universities before coming to SF State in 1968.

Warm-hearted and generous, with the most cheering smile, Garabedian loved baseball, books (which he lent generously), spicy food, beer, history, barbeques, spending time with friends and music, especially jazz. Donations in his memory may be made to the California Jazz Conservatory, the Berkeley Food Pantry or to your favorite progressive cause.

A celebration of Garabedian’s life will take place once we can practice social closeness again. In the meantime, you can share memories of him online.

Republished from the CampusMemo