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Marsbed Hablanian

December 17, 1924 ~ March 2, 2021 (age 96)

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HABLANIAN, Marsbed of Needham, March 2, 2021. Age 96. Beloved husband of the late Alice L. (Topjian) Hablanian. Loving father of Jeanne M. Hablanian & her husband Charles Tyler of Sherborn & David Hablanian & his wife Cheryl of Natick. Dear brother of Gina Hablanian of Watertown & the late Goriun Hablanian. Also survived by his Habosian cousins.


Born and raised in the Ukraine, Mr. Hablanian spent his youth in the school systems of Stalin’s USSR. When he was just fourteen years old, his father was arrested and was never seen again. After high school, he lived through World War II German occupation and several forced relocations that led to wartime industrial labor camps in Germany. A family relation, Archbishop Mesrop Habozian of the Armenian Mekhitarist monastery in Vienna, arranged for the family to be transferred to near there, where they worked in German factories during the allied bombings and Russian occupations of that territory. When the war finally ended, the family took an opportunity to travel to the United States, settling in Watertown.


Marsbed worked at a photo studio, and enrolled at MIT, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and worked as a graduate assistant while attaining his master’s degree. In the meantime, he courted and married his wife Alice, who had been among the church group that welcomed the family to the US.  The couple moved to Wellesley, where he resided for 50 years.  His wife predeceased him.


He took an engineering job with the National Research Corporation, which later evolved into Varian, Inc., a manufacturer of instruments and equipment.  Over the years, he advanced into management positions, working mostly in research and development, and he developed and patented numerous inventions, becoming known internationally as an expert and consultant in industrial high vacuum technology. He retired in the 1990s, but remained active in the American Vacuum Society and maintained other professional ties for the remainder of his life.


Due to the current precautions surrounding Covid-19, interment at Mount Auburn Cemetery will be held privately. Memorials in Marsbed's memory may be made to the Armenian Museum of America, 65 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472, or at

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Cambridge, MA 02138

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