Edmund Laurent Gergerian

edmund gergerian

February 23, 1939 ~ January 29, 2022

Edmund L. Gergerian, MD

1939 – 2022

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Edmund L. Gergerian, MD of Rego Park, NY on January 29, 2022.

Classically trained in Cairo, Egypt, Edmund attended College De La Salle and Cairo University. After immigrating to the United States in 1968, he completed his Pathology fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his internship at West Jersey Hospital followed by his Psychiatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He then completed a research fellowship in Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

He married Therese Kavoukian in 1969 and they welcomed their daughters Nayiri the next year followed by Taleen two years later.

Edmund was Clinical Director at the South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, NY and had been the Chief Psychiatrist at the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Services Office until present. In addition, he was an attending Psychiatrist at the New York Armenian Home in Flushing, NY until it closed. All the while with a part time private practice in Psychiatry and Energy Work.

Edmund had extensive research experience and training which included studies on Facial Expressions, on which he co-authored the book, "Atlas of Facial Expressions", Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Genocidal Trauma Research, EMDR and EFT Balancing Technique.

A humanitarian with a deep interest in human rights, Edmund participated in several missions of mercy trips to Soviet Armenia following the earthquake in Armenia in 1988, specifically to Yerevan, Spitak, Kirovakan and Karabagh. He was awarded the Humanitarian Assistance Award by President Levon Ter-Petrossian in 1994, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Armenian Behavioral Science Association, Recognition Award from the Armenian American Society on Stress and Genocide and finally the AAHPO Service Award for his hard work and selfless dedication.

In 2018, Edmund donated to the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) one of the most significant archives of documents relating to the Armenian Genocide–the archive collected by his uncle, the late Fr. Krikor Guerguerian–for research and study in NAASR's Mardigian Library at Clark University.

Edmund is survived by his wife, Therese, their daughter, Nayiri Mesrobian son-in-law Viken Mesrobian, their daughter, Taleen Gergerian and beloved grandchildren Tatiana, Jack and Haig.

The family has requested that In Lieu of Flowers donations be made to AAHPO, Sts. Vartanantz Church and St. Gregory Armenian Catholic Church.

The family will receive their friends on Saturday, February 5th from 2:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home, 327 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ.


Visitation at Funeral Home: February 5, 2022 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. To the family of Dr.Gergerian, I am deeply saddened at the passing of Dr.Gergerian . I had the honor and privilege of having worked with him for over twenty years. His professionalism , formidable psychiatric expertise, enthusiasm and zeal and above all his humanity and graciousness have left an enduring impression on me. I never left his office without learning something new. Dr.Gergerian was indeed an impressive figure and his absence will be deeply felt. My deepest condolences to the family.
    Zainab Staten Island

  2. Dr. Gergerian, we call you Dr. G. I only work with you for a. Year. That one year I learned a lot from you. More over a doctor you are like my grand father. You are a biggest loss in psychiatric field. You always loved your profession. I remember you always tells. Me.. " I love my job. I will work until I die".. You always have smile on your face. I never see you angry at anybody. This one page is not enough to share my good memories about you. Dr. G you will be always in our hearts…

  3. Sending our love, prayers and sympathy to the Family of Dr Gergerian. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow.
    What a huge loss, so heartbreaking. Dr. Gergerian, was not only a wonderful Doctor, but was also a compassionate, kind and caring person with a golden heart, he was a human in the midst of all the craziness in this world.. Can't stop my tears, will never forget his advise, suggestions and beautiful words. Dr Gergerian you will be missed dearly. Always with a smile and full of encouragement. He was an exceptional Armenian and cared very deeply for our cause and all things Armenian.
    Rest In Peace our Dear Dr Gergerian.

  4. I called him Dr G. He changed and saved my life. A person who truly cared. His enthusiasm and optimism allowed me to believe in myself. I am forever indebted. A great loss to all
    Steve O

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