Armenian Museum of America Founder and Chairman Haig Der Manuelian Passes Away at 90

The Armenian Museum of America (ALMA) announced on Dec. 2 the passing of ALMA Board Chairman and one of its founders, Haig Der Manuelian.

Haig Der Manuelian

Der Manuelian passed away on Dec. 1 surrounded by his family. He was 90.

Below is a statement from ALMA President Michele M. Kolligian.

Today is a sad day for all of us at the Armenian Museum of America as we mourn the passing of our leader.

Haig was a proud Armenian and man of strength who excelled in every aspect of his life. His devotion and passion for the betterment of the Armenian Museum was unwavering.

He worked diligently, selflessly and with great integrity. A true visionary, Haig demonstrated a deep passion and dedication that made it possible for this institution to thrive and grow into the world-class Museum it is today.

His commitment and perseverance were the driving force behind all of us who worked alongside him, and his example will guide us to continue his legacy.

I miss you already, Haig. You were my mentor and dear friend; I am honored to have been given your blessing and confidence to help carry the torch that you so brilliantly lit.


ALMA will be providing a full obituary and funeral arrangements once they are made available.

The Board of Trustees and Staff of the Armenian Museum of America wish to convey their sincere condolences to Haig’s wife Adele, his four sons, Mark, Matthew, Michael, Martin and their families, along with his friends, clients and coworkers that he leaves behind.

1 Comment on Armenian Museum of America Founder and Chairman Haig Der Manuelian Passes Away at 90

  1. A familiar face as a visionary leader of the Armenian community with his classic bow tie, Mr. Der Manuelian devoted his life important endeavors that have made our community stronger. As a member of the succeeding generation, I appreciate such commitment. His legacy is the gifts he has given our community that enhance our Armenian life each day. May God bless his soul and his memory.

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