‘His Life Was Teaching, Family Was His Job’

El Vaquero Staff Writer

A devoted husband, father, grandfather and mathematics professor, Dr. Rafael Enfiadjian passed away on Nov. 25.

An adjunct instructor at GCC and Santa Monica College (SMC), he was very highly regarded by colleagues and students.

“He was a great guy,” said Chair of the Math Division, Peter Stathis. “If I needed an adjunct to teach a class, he always stepped forward.”

Enfiadjian was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1941. He was accepted to Yerevan State University in 1960 where he majored in physics and mathematics. He later received his doctorate in physics from the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute.

Memorial services for Enfiadjian were held at Kreider Hall on Sunday. Family, friends and students paid their last respects to a man whom Adjunct Faculty Coordinator Isabelle Saber regarded as “one-of-a-kind.”

“His students are his legacy,” said Saber. “One of the things that was said at the memorial service was that ‘his life was teaching and his family was his job.’ He was truly, very dedicated to the art of teaching his students.”

A memorial scholarship has been set up under Enfiadjian’s name. Various guests at the service donated money to the scholarship, including a professor at SMC who took over Enfiadjian’s classes after his resignation. She has contributed the salary she received from taking over Enfiadjian’s classes the scholarship.

Enfiadjian taught right up to the last Monday before Thanksgiving.

He is survived by his wife Louisa, sons Edward and Levon, and their respective wive’s Mary and Raquel, and his grandchildren Hagop, Levon and Ellen.

The family expressed their deepest thanks to Executive Vice-President of Administrative Services Lawrence Serot, and the facilities department for their contribution toward the memorial service.