Albert Vahe Derian, 82, passed away on April 7, 2004. A resident of Port Washington for over 50 years, he was born in Haverhill, MA, on June 20, 1921 to the late Sarkis and Araxi Derian. After his family moved to NYC, they settled in Jackson Heights, where they had a dry cleaning business.
In 1952, Albert opened a dry cleaning business in Port Washington until its sale in 1976. He then became vice president in charge of operations for Caprice Management Corp. in NYC. He retired in 1989. He was active in Port Washington, belonging to the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club and the sponsor of a Little League team. Always interested in the schools, he was a past president of the Weber Parent-Teacher Association and the Schreiber High School Home and School Association.
As a founding member of the St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Chruch in Bayside, Queens in 1060, he later became a Godfather of the New St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston when it was consecrated in 1990. He faithfully served as chairman and a member of the Board of Trustees for over 30 years.
Albert was a man who always conducted himself with a quiet dignity and integrity. He worked hard and tirelessly for what he believed in and never sought recognition for doing what he felt was right.
He is survived by his wife, Isabel (Chadrjian); two sons, Gregory (Jane), Michael (Laurie); and daughter, Barbara (Richard); seven grandchildren' and his brother, Gordon.
Services were held on April 10 at St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church in Douglaston. Interment at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Dr. Herman Katims, OD, 92, died on May 9, 2004 of complications of pneumonia. He had been hospitalized for two months. Dr. Katims opened an optometric practice in Port Washington in October of 1938 at 76 Main St. He practiced for over 60 years at the same location where the practice continues under his son, Dr. Sanford Katims. He lived in Port Washington since 1952. He provided family vision care and vision care for the Lions Club, the Salvation Army, St. Peter of Alcantara, Our Lady of Fatima, Community Mainstreaming. He was the optometrist for Admiral Nimitz.
Dr. Katims put his way through college and graduate school playing the saxophone and the clarinet with several bands while supporting his mother through the depression. He was a warm human being loved by all his family and his patients. He loved golf, tennis and swimming.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; daughter, Linda; and son, Sanford. He has two grandchildren, Meryl and Rachel.