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“My sincere condolences to the family. I knew Prof. Karakashian for many years. He was kind an a gentleman. He always had a pleasant greeting. He will...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Jacqueline Paradise - Dracut, MA

“Prof. Karakashian was my PhD advisor along with Prof. Goodhue at UMass Lowell. I have such wonderful memories of discussing physics with him - in...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Vinod Menon - New York, NY

“Aram loved his students as much as he loved teaching at UMass Lowell. He was the most patient teacher that I ever met, taking whatever time was...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Bill Goodhue Goodhue - Townsend, MA

“Professor Karakashian was one of the nicest and kindest teachers/mentors i have ever had. i remember meeting him July 1990 when i had arrived just...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Kannan Krishnaswami - Richland, WA

“Aram was a special, brilliant, humorous, caring and a great family man. We were proud to be a member of his family. We will miss him. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Adrianne and Bill Rehak - Hatboro, PA

“Barbara, John and Beth, We're so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that we're thinking of you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Bob and Nancy...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Nancy and Bob Burke - Waltham, MA

“Dear Barbara and Family, With our Deepest Sympathies Debbie Cincotta and Dave Zanco ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Debbie Cincotta - Waltham, MA


Waltham – Mr. Aram S. Karakashian, of Waltham, died Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was 81.

Aram was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was the son of the late Aram and Dickranoohi 'Dorothy' (Babikian) Karakashian. Following his marriage to Brighton native Barbara M. Burke forty-six years ago the couple made Waltham their lifelong home.

He was a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics and after that attended the University of Maryland where he was awarded his doctorate degree in the same subject.

Aram enjoyed lengthy career in academia for more than forty years. A passionate physics professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, he loved his students as much as he loved the subject; with patience and expertise he helped thousands of students in the course of their studies.

In addition to his involvement at UMass, he was also a member of the National Association of Armenian Studies and Research for many years. Aram never left his hands or his mind idle; he was an avid reader of books of many genres including history and science and loved do-it-yourself projects.

In addition to his beloved wife, Barbara, he leaves his children, John Karakashian and Elizabeth Karakashian, both of Waltham and several nieces and nephews including Adrianne Rehak and her husband, Bill, and their children, Nicole Lobbenberg and Joshua Rehak.

Aram was also the brother of the late Shakeh 'Alice' Kazanjian.

Family and friends will honor and remember Aram's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, July 28th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 11 a.m. on Thursday morning when his funeral service will be held. Burial will be in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1120, Framingham, MA 01701 or at www.cancer.org