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Jack Gregory Chirikjian

Jack Gregory Chirikjian

December 10, 1940 - September 30, 2018     Age: 77

Dr. Jack Gregory Chirikjian of Washington, DC passed away peacefully on September 30, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in 1940 in Cairo, Egypt to Armenian parents, he immigrated to The United States in 1959 where he achieved the quintessential American Dream and was a proud patriot of his adoptive country.

He was a Professor of Biochemistry at Georgetown University for 46 years where he touched the lives of countless students, won numerous awards and his capstone achievement was establishing the Masters in Biotechnology Program. He was also a successful entrepreneur, founding biotechnology companies spanning both education and research.

He fought valiantly against an aggressive form of metastatic cancer for over two and a half years, having been expected to live for less than a third of that time.

He leaves behind his wife, Marjorie, of 54 years, sons Gregory, Mark and Jeff, siblings Annette Nurnberger and Simon Chirikjian, six grandchildren and four nieces.

Dr. Chirikjian will be laid to rest in St. Peter’s Episcopal Cemetery in Fernandina Beach after a private family service.

2 Condolences

  • Lynn Caporale Posted October 5, 2018 11:28 am

    Jack was a bright light, very encouraging and supportive to me at a time when most male faculty belittled the hard work knowledge, and contribution of their female colleagues.
    Jack also was a true biotechnology pioneer, highlighting the potential contributions of the nascent industry at a time when “translational medicine” was an unheralded concept and too many people failed to connect the potential power of their colleague’s academic discoveries both as tools that would improve and accelerate basic research and as discoveries that should be rapidly explored for their potential to improve human health.

  • Debra Raddin Posted October 5, 2018 2:00 pm

    Jack was an excellent example of a “salt of the earth” person. His heart for others matched his intense intellectual gift. He never meet a stranger and shared his knowledge to make lasting differences of good for all. Jack’s strong heritage influenced the legacy he leaves; one of constant inquiry that leads to a better way of thinking and living. Jack influenced all of those in this path in a very positive and kind way. We are all better people for knowing him.

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