Dr. Robert K. Avakian

January 24, 1929July 1, 2013
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Loving husband, cousin, godfather, uncle, mentor, educator and friend to many, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 1, 2013.Bobby graduated from Fresno High School in 1946, received his Bachelors Degree in Zoology from USC in 1950, his Doctorate at the USC School of Dentistry in 1954 and was Honorably Discharged as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Dental Corp after serving aboard the USS Boxer. Dr. Avakian was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the USC Century Club & Cardinal & Gold, Board of Counselors of the USC Dental School, a life member of the USC Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity the Skull and Dagger Society, president of the Jones Gold Foil Study Club, as well as member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the California State Board of Dental Examiners. Among his many accolades, Dr. Avakian received the Lewis E. Ford Memorial Award for Fixed Prosthodontics from the USC School of Dentistry in 1954, Outstanding Teacher USC Dental School in 1963 and 1972, Fellow of the American College of Dentists in 1982, Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 1983, Honored Teacher Class of 1963 and Alumnus of the Year USC Dental School in 1998. His greatest honor however, was the enormous love and warmth he gave and received from his many students, patients, friends and relatives.He will be dearly missed by his devoted wife, Cheryl; brother and sister-in-law, godson, many adoring cousins, nieces, nephews, patients, countless friends and his darling Pomeranian doggies. Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Ararat Cemetery, Fresno A Memorial Service will be held at the Palos Verdes Country Club on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Richard Kahn Professorship at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC 925 W 34th St Los Angeles, CA 90089 (213) 740-2805.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 8, 2013

Dr. Robert K. Avakian

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February 22, 2014

My dad's best friend. My mother's confidante. Never thought I'd say I "treasure" my USC gold tooth, but I do. Say hi to Pop for me.

September 5, 2013

I wish to send my condolensces to Mrs. Avakian and family. I was a friend of Bob's for over 30 years. He was one of the finest gentleman and dentist I have ever known. I just learned of Bob's passing and so wish that I could have been at his memorial service. I can honestly say that my life has been better by knowing Dr. Bob.

Cheers to you Bob, you are the best!

Jim Boyd

shelley A.K.A Howard Wilkerson

July 31, 2013

Dr. Avakian was the very first dentist I ever worked for, hired in 2001 until 2007 off and on. I often referred to Dr. Avakian as the godfather of Dentistry I love to watch him work it came so natural to him. He was an incredibly brilliant man to whom I respected very much he had an incredible chairside manner and loved his patience he will be missed dearly! a truly incredible Dr, my heart goes out to you mrs. Avakian

July 26, 2013

I was his first chair side assistant when he moved to Torrance. He always had a story or joke and I really enjoyed that time ! he was a quality dentist and really had a passion for his work . I was saddened to hear of his passing and will always remember him fondly. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time Lauri Neergaard and Family

July 16, 2013

We were saddened by Bob's passing. His warm and friendly personality will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to Cheryl.
Fiby and Sumner Saul

July 14, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to Cheryl and the family on the passing of Bob. A true gentleman and an outstanding human being !!!
David & Judy Adishian PVE

William Dahlberg

July 11, 2013

Bob and I worked very close together at USC dental alumni assoc and he was a great supporter of our publication- the TRODENT. I want the family to know that my prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Sincerely, Dr.Bill Dahlberg (USC '52)

July 11, 2013

Bob is loved by more people than anyone I know. He always cared about others, and never for himself. He was a close friend, a wonderful story teller and great dentist, too. We will all miss him very much, but will never forget him.
Irwin and Betty Helford, Las Vegas, NV

Dr Ruthie Toothie Becker

July 10, 2013

Doctor Bob was the epitome of what our profession should be..He loved his patients, his family and friends and he loved to smile. HE WAS THE GOLD STANDARD IN DENTISTRY!
HIs generosity of time and advice will never be forgotten. It was an honour to be his friend and colleague and his patient.

July 10, 2013

Our deepest condolences are with you at this time. We are saddened by Robert's passing.

Betty and Henry Halverson, SAE/Stanford