Born in Tabriz, Iran, to Levon and Nektar Gregorian, Zareh Gregorian was the youngest of five brothers, Hrach, Rouben, Asik, and his surviving brother Henry.
Zareh received his early education in Tabriz and then attended Tehran University where he met the love of his life and future wife of 59 years, Emily Shultz. Upon graduating with honors he was awarded a full scholarship by the Shah of Iran to attended Harvard University for a masters of science in engineering. While studying in Boston, Zareh and Emily had their first son, Fredrick, who, several years later, was followed by Garen and Oshin. After graduating from Harvard, Zareh returned to Tehran and launched his own firm and also began the pursuit of one of his great passions, teaching. He taught at the University of Tehran and at the National University of Iran for more than 20 years, and was eventually awarded an honorary doctorate.
His work in Tehran centered around projects for the Persian royal family, including Golestan Palace and Keish Palace; however, his favorite project was the mausoleum of the famed Persian poet Omar Khayam.
In the early 1980’s, he and his family settled back in Boston where he founded Gregorian Engineers and continued his passion for teaching by returning to lecture at his alma mater, Harvard University, as well as teaching at Tufts University. As an engineer he worked for several leading educational institutions in New England, including Harvard, Tufts, Boston, and Brown universities. He also worked on several local projects, including the Berkshire Medical Center, the BU Medical Center, the VA Cemetery in Winchendon, the Arnold Arboretum, and the Armenian Heritage Memorial on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. He received several awards from both the American and Boston Society of Architects, among many others.
For those who knew Zareh well, his passion and love for classical music was no secret. Classical music was the foundation of his life. He grew up surrounded by music, whether taking lessons, going to concerts, or performing himself. Zareh began his studies in piano at the age of 6 with his mother. His father also greatly influenced his musical pursuits as he was a well-known conductor, violinist, and music teacher. By the age of 18, Zareh flourished as an accomplished concert pianist and accompanist. This love of music stayed with him throughout his days, whether it was during the time he spent serving on the board of the Friends of Armenian Culture Society, or at home playing Chopin’s’ Nocturnes. His love of music was always present in both his body and mind.
Family, both those near and far, were always kept close to his heart. Zareh cherished letters and cards from his nieces and nephews with updates about their lives and families. Zareh had such pride for his immediate family, his wife Emily, his son Fredrick and wife Lisa, his son Garen, and his son Oshin and wife Sarah, and his cherished grandchildren, Rouben and Tenny.