[Histonet] Charles (Chuck) Churukian Remembered
gayle.callis <@t> bresnan.net
Tue Mar 1 12:00:14 CST 2011
With sadness, I received this message from National Society of
Histotechnology about the passing of Chuck Churukian and was asked to pass
it on to Histonet.
Charles J. Churukian
Brighton: May 11, 1928 - February 23, 2011, Charles J. Churukian 82.
Predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Christin Aintablian Churukian, and
sister, Sally Churukian Taroni. He is survived by his wife, Irene Billings
Churukian of 41 years and his sister, Rose Churukian Milone as well as
sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Charles will be sadly missed by family
As a PFC in the infantry, he served as a heavy machine gunner in World War
II receiving the Army of Occupation Medal and Victory Medal.
Teacher, mentor, poet, editor, innovator, "guru of special stains", Charles
worked in histology laboratories for 54 years and supervised the
Histotechnology Lab at the UR Medical Center for the last 40 years. He was
recently presented with the "Histotechnologist of the Decade" Award by the
National Society of Histotechnology for his contributions to the laboratory
science field having numerous publications, presentations and awards to his
credit. He devoted his career looking for ways to modify the art of special
stains for the benefit of patient care. In addition to his professional
life, he offered spiritual guidance to many inmates at the jail.
On Saturday, March 5, at 11:00, friends are invited to attend a Memorial
Service at Asbury United Methodist Church at 1050 East Ave. followed by a
reception in 1010 East Avenue, adjacent to the church. Interment, White
Haven at the convenience of the family. Charles' family would like to thank
the staff at UR Wilmot Cancer Center, and LifetimeCare Agency for their
loving compassionate care
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Good News and Jail
Ministry of the Rochester Area, AMAA Scholarship Fund (for university
students in Armenia), Asbury Outreach Programs (Dining Caring Center,
Storehouse) or James P. Wilmot Cancer Center.
Gayle M. Callis
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