Harry L. Guzelimian

October 4, 1930July 9, 2019

Biography of Harry L. Guzelimian October 4, 1930-July 9, 2019

Harry L. Guzelimian was born on October 4, 1930 in Cairo, Egypt to Lucine and Ludere Guzelimian. He was raised in the Armenian Evangelical Congregational Protestant Church and attended the Kaloustian and Mekhitarian Armenian Elementary Schools, the Junior High Coptic Egyptian School, the American Lincoln High School followed by Freshman and Sophomore years at the American University of Cairo.

He arrived in the United States in the fall of 1952 to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute(RPI) in Troy, NY, studying Engineering and majoring in Building Construction. He graduated with a BS Degree in 1955. He then attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), on a Research Assistant Internship Program, in Cambridge, MA, majoring in Building Engineering and Construction. He graduated with an MS degree in 1958. During his college years he was active in various sports, track and field, and the theater, as well as being a member of the Armenian Students Association(ASA).

Upon graduation he worked as a structural engineer at Stone & Webster Engineering & Construction Company, in Boston, MA. In 1959 he transferred to the Kuljian Corporation in Philadelphia, PA as a structural engineer.

He met Alice Z. Gulasarian from Philadelphia, PA at an ASA party and they were married in 1960. In Philadelphia they attended the Armenian Congregational Church. They were blessed with two daughters, Nadya and Melina. In 1964, his family moved to San Diego, CA, where Harry started working as a structural engineer at General Atomic Company. There, he designed the structural skeleton of the Power Plant Building for the first prototype of a nuclear reactor, known as the HTGR, the High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor, for the Public Service of Colorado.

In 1969, Harry changed his engineering career to real estate sales in which he sold vacant land for investment; with the vision of San Diego becoming a growing real estate market. In 1970 he received his broker's license and started his own real estate brokerage business called Solana Realty, selling residential and investment properties.

Harry was an active member of the San Diego Chapter of the Triple X Fraternity since 1977 and served as the Grand Master from 1995-1996. He was an Asbed of the Gomidas Tahlij of the San Diego Knights of Vartan since 2001 and served as "Ted" from 2001-2003.

In San Diego he attended the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church where the Pastor was Deran Yalian of Fresno, CA until St. John Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church was established, where he attended with his family.

Harry Guzelimian is survived by his two daughters, Nadya Malconian, married to Joseph Malconian, their children Michael and Sara Malconian: and Melina Ounjian, married to Charles Ounjian and their children Paul and Nicolas Ounjian, along with his two sisters Anahid Balian of Montreal, Canada and Hermine Nazarian of Loundonville, NY

Harry often said "God has been good to me and my family. We have been blessed!"


  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 18, 2019


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Michael Sarabian Family

July 17, 2019

We will all miss Papa Harry. His warm smile and stately presence will be forever etched in our hearts. He always loved conversation, and enjoyed gatherings of any sort.
He was a ‘people person’. The foundation of his life was his Christian faith ,and that was the underpinning of his gentle and compassionate demeanor.
His number one priority was always the care and comfort of his family , and that was on display as he cared for his wife Alice over many years. While we will deeply miss him as we move forward in our lives,we will never forget him. Our lives have been made better by knowing him.! Now, we will await our reunion in heaven. In the meantime, we pray the Holy Spirit’s comfort.

vahe guzelimian

July 17, 2019

Harry was a dear cousin. I remember him from my early years in Cairo. We were a big family and had many get-togethers in Cairo. Politics and opportunity dispersed us all over the world. I wish now that I had spent more time with him. RIP dear cousin.

joe zakarian

July 17, 2019

Warmest fond memories of Harry, everyone's best friend!
Such a gentleman first, then a friend forever.
We enjoyed Lamb Lollipops together, Harry's favorite lunch at Lomas.
Maybe gone for now, but loved and remembered forever!
Joe and Rosie Zakarian family

Sylvia Balian Osganian

July 16, 2019

Even though miles separated us from being in each other’s lives as often as we would of liked it never diminished the special place in my heart for my dear sweet Uncle Harry.
I will always remember his soft spoken voice and how he would never let an occasion, event or milestone pass by without getting a phone call, reaching out with all his good wishes. I will forever miss those phone calls.
When someone you love becomes a memory, those memories become treasures and that’s why he will live in our hearts and always be fondly remembered.
Rest In Peace Dear Uncle Harry

Kent and Natalie Poland

July 16, 2019

It was such an honor to know this man, Harry. I have enjoyed reading the memories and feeling blessed that I knew him and spent time with him. I was first introduced to him through the Solana Beach Senior Center at the SB Presbyterian church. We lunched together there for 3 years, on Wednesday, along with two dear clients that also became good friends of Harry. He just loved so well. There are not many extraordinary men like him. He loved his family, he loved his friends, he loved his country. He was brilliant and a beautiful human being and I miss him terribly. I too, like many on this memory board, look forward to seeing him in heaven. I pray for his family for comfort during this difficult time. We love you Harry, the Poland’s

Anahid Bulanikian

July 15, 2019

Dear Uncle Harry,
We were very fortunate and honored to have you in our lives. When we were young girls you always made our trips to San Diego fun and enjoyable. The picnics on Pacific Beach were very memorable. You were our "cool" uncle.
You were such a devoted, caring and kind husband to our fun loving Aunt Alice. You were a loving, generous, compassionate father to our sweet cousins Nadya and Melina.
You were always able to handle whatever life had in store for you with such grace. You're strength and positive outlook has been an inspiration to all the lives you've touched.
You will be in our hearts forever. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

Your Niece,
Anahid Bulanikian & Family

Jeanne (Dunbar) Nichols

July 15, 2019

As so many others I feel so very blessed to have known Mr. Guzelimian along with his family. They are very special people in my heart.

As neighbors for a period of time in Solana Beach & a friend since childhood with Nadya I know the family to be remarkable, caring and enjoyable people. So much of that of course came from Mr. Guzelimian and Mrs. Guzelimian (his Alice).

Although Mr. G (as a fellow childhood neighbor would refer to him) was different than my father, there were so many similarities. Both men of integrity, great moral values, strength and stood strong by their ethical beliefs.

As a youngster I didn't always get the importance of the strong foot hold both of our father's would on a few occasions place. But somehow by seeing and hearing Mr. Guzelimian's perspective being similar to my father's it helped me get a better understanding of my own father's positioning... They were bestowing a great deal of how much they both really, really cared and the hope to instill upon their youngsters to make healthy constructive choices while moving through life's journey.

As some of you have already mentioned, Mr. Guzelimian was more than happy to offer a helping hand of good advice and direction. He offered just that regarding area business a few different times for my husband Gary when he first came to the area. And he did it in such an easy going, relaxed yet matter of fact sort of way. I mention this because that is the kind of guy I'd always known him to be.

I could go on and on about the many positives he represents, but we all see it in his daughters with their husbands and his grandchildren I'm sure.

Dear Mr. Guzelimian, Thank you for knowing you and allowing Gary to know you too. Thank you for your daughter Nadya. She is very special to me! I celebrate your joining your Alice in Heaven and dancing to your heart's content perhaps in Heaven's ballroom with my mother and father!

With Much Love & Many Blessings,


Meg Harris

July 15, 2019

I was homered to know Harry. Such a kind kind man. He was a faithful follower of Jesus and loved his family. He will be missed.

Anahid Balian

July 15, 2019

To My Dearest Brother,
I have been very lucky to have you in my life, you were full of life and gratitude towards God for all the blessings you had. You were the most humble, patient, loving ,kind and generous person and I was proud to call you my brother.
My heart is broken and I will miss you and our conversations, your thoughtful, kind advise when I needed them.
I am sure that you will have a special place in heaven. Your absence from my life will be greatly missed forever, until we meet again.
Your Loving Sister Forever

Charles O

July 13, 2019


My Best Friend - Mentor - and Boss who I called everyday 5 times a day. The 2nd most Important Figure in My Life next to my own Father. While there was a 35 year GAP in our Age there was no Gap in the respect and loyalty I had for him and there was no Gap in the Trust he had in me.

Harry and I are both Mathematically skilled. He had me beat in every category but mathematically I had grabbed his attention. That opened the doors to our unique relationship.

Our relationship had no formalities. We discussed everything from business to politics to everyday life. Thank you for taking the time to have countless talks that have benefited me. Your Intellect and Wisdom will never be forgotten.

I wanted to get to know the Man that went to MIT. I asked Intelligent and Creative questions in order to get what I wanted and that was his Brilliance.

While I can't call him anymore - he will be in my everyday conversations and thoughts.