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John Nagohosian

June 11, 1927 March 19, 2020
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John Nagohosian, Age 92

Beloved husband of the late Sophie.

Loving father of Michele Ducato and Sandra (Gregory) Jamian.

Cherished grandfather of Nicole (Anthony) O'Donovan, Dr. Michael (Michelle) Ducato,

Alexis (Antonello) Jamian, Dr. Lia (Jeff) Jamian and Natalie (Isaiah) Dahlman and great-grandfather of Oliver, Lucine and Penelope.

Dear brother of the late Queenie Nagohosian.

John will also be missed by many relatives and friends.

John Nagohosian, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, passed away on March 19, 2020 at the age of 92. Born in 1927 in Marseille, France his family immigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old.

Growing up in Highland Park, Michigan he graduated from Highland Park High School, and was drafted into the US Army at age 19. He was sent overseas to Brussels, Belgium where he was stationed and aided in the post war effort of WW ll.

While in Brussels he met a pretty Armenian girl named Sophie at a social gathering. It was love at first sight. His CO knew that John was smitten with Sophie and would often arrange a jeep to take John into town to visit his new friend. John and Sophie were married and he brought her to the United States under the War Bride Act.

John began working in a foundry in Detroit and quickly learned that he wanted something better for himself and his new wife. While working full time he enrolled at Wayne State University. John earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education and began teaching Applied Technology and Fluid Power Systems at Henry Ford Community College. John and Sophie raised their daughters Michele and Sandra in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.

John quickly moved up in the administration of the college and headed up the Department of Applied Technology, forging collaborative arrangements with Ford Motor Company and other manufacturers. John became an expert in Fluid Power education and co-authored a textbook,“Fundamentals of Fluid Power” which was the primary text book on Fluid Power and still sells on Amazon.com.

He and his wife later moved to Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan where they spent many good years together traveling the world. As he approached an early retirement with the college, he was offered a board position with the National Fluid Power Society where he attended many board meetings, always bringing along his wife to socialize with the other member’s wives.

John and Sophie decided to move to Bloomfield Hills to be close to their family, which was always so important to them. John was a member of St. John Armenian Church where he served on the Project Youth committee and also served as president of the “One Hundred Hyes, a philanthropic group that raises scholarship money and grants to people in need.

Upon his wife Sophie’s passing, John’s life changed, but he was always surrounded by his loving family. He sold his home and moved to Samaritas Independent Living. He met new friends and was so well respected, he was elected president of the Resident Council and conducted his final meeting 3 days prior to his passing.

Donations in John’s memory may be made to St. Johns Armenian Church.

Private family services will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery and officiated by V. Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian.

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