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Paul Hogroian

March 5, 1929January 3, 2019
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Paul Hogroian was the youngest of three children, born March 5, 1929, to Arsen and Varsenig Hogroian, of Bronx, New York. Paul earned a degree in chemical engineering from the City College of New York. A wintertime photo of the gateway to the campus, with its distinctive Gothic architecture draped in snow, was one of the many pictures he kept on his wall.

Paul earned a Master of Nuclear Engineering degree from Catholic University, where he also pursued doctoral studies. He served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps stateside during the Korean War, rising to the level of captain. He worked for Mobil and DuPont before moving to the D.C. area to work as an engineer for The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

In 1961 he was married to Fernanda Elinco Zegel, who predeceased him in 1988. In 1976, with Fernanda and their four young children, Paul moved to Paris, to serve as the principal administrator for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. After three years, the family returned to the U.S.

Paul worked as an administrator for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1979-1983, and then was appointed director of planning at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va., from 1984-1990. For his distinguished service at ONR, he was awarded the U.S. Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.

After retiring from the government, Paul continued to apply his extensive engineering and analytical skills, working in his own firm, consulting for SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), and sharing his expertise as an adjunct professor for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Paul shared his late wife's love of art and gardening. Throughout his life, he would occasionally draw caricatures and cartoons, and enjoyed sketching and painting from photos and landscapes in his senior years. He also enjoyed sailing.

Paul is survived by his four children: Paulette Feeser of Vienna, Va.; Paul R. Hogroian, of Falls Church, Va.; Ferdinand S. Hogroian, of Fairfax; and Ferdinanda Florence, of Fairfield, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

Family and close friends will gather on Friday, January 11, at 10:00 a.m., at the Demaine Funeral Home, 10565 Main St., Fairfax, VA 22030, and proceed to the graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery in Falls Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, MA: . https://www.armenianmuseum.org/giving-to-the-museum/ .


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 11, 2019

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Hank Eberhart

January 8, 2019

I write this with heavy heart. I had the pleasure of knowing Paul some 25 years or more. We corresponded after he quit using e-mail and I was wondering why he had not responded to my last letter and that is when I got the phone call with the sad news. I met Paul while doing a study for the Office of Naval Research {ONR}. When I traveled from China Lake to ONR he often invited me to his home for many a good meal prepared by wife, Fernanda. During these visits I met his Children, Paul, Paulette, Ferdinand and “Nana” at different times. He was very proud of them! When business required that he come to California and China Lake I reciprocated with home cooked meals by my wife Linda in my home. I’ll end this with one story. On one visit to my home Paul brought a handmade model of the Wright Brothers flying machine for my son, Michael. Michael has long since vacated that room but the model Paul made still remains on a shelf above Michael’s bedroom window. The only thing happy about his passing is that he is once again united with wife Fernanda! He will be missed by everyone who knew him! I could go on with many stories about my relationship with Paul without mentioning what a sharp mind and writing talents he possessed. May he rest in peace!

Hank Eberhart, Ridgecrest-China Lake, Ca

Marilyn Cotter

January 7, 2019

Paul was my daughter's father-in-law. I knew him to be a very kind man and a truly fine gentleman. He had great affection and love for his children and grandchildren and they for him. He will be dearly missed, but always lovingly remembered.

Monika Coflin

January 6, 2019

Paul was a great mentor to me at SAIC, when I was 22 years old and started working there in 1993; it was my first job. He was patient and kind and was always happy to stop what he was doing to talk to me about a project. He will be missed.

George Albrecht

January 6, 2019

Paul was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Having visited with him in mid-December, when he was healthy, alert and his usual jolly self, his passing comes as a terrible shock. Rest in Peace good friend.


Varsenig with Arax, Paul, and Vahan


Paul c. 1930


Paul lounging, perhaps in the back yard of his parents' house in the Bronx.


Paul in the late 1930s.


Paul as a teen, mid-1940s.


Paul with mother Varsenig and father Arsen