“America has always been and will always be a work in progress. Every generation has contributed and must contribute to that ongoing progress.”— Vartan Gregorian

Vartan Gregorian, an international luminary, legendary educator, distinguished historian and humanities scholar, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, died suddenly on April 15, 2021, in New York City. He had been hospitalized for testing related to stomach pain. Gregorian turned 87 last week.
Gregorian served as the twelfth president of Carnegie Corporation of New York at the time of his death. During his tenure, beginning in 1997, he championed the causes of education, immigration, and international peace and security — key concerns of the philanthropic institution’s founder, Andrew Carnegie. Like Carnegie, Gregorian was a naturalized United States citizen whose experiences in a new country helped shape him, including his belief in the great importance of immigrant civic integration to the health of American democracy. Moreover, he was a devoted friend—and often mentor—to countless young people, students, colleagues, and peers throughout his illustrious career.
Gregorian was especially devoted to higher education and was the highly respected president emeritus of Brown University and the former provost of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Gregorian is renowned for revitalizing The New York Public Library during his presidency in the 1980s. The recipient of more than 70 honorary degrees and dozens of significant awards, he was decorated by the governments of the United States, France, Italy, Austria, Armenia, and Portugal. He told his extraordinary story in his autobiography, The Road to Home: My Life and Times, published in 2003.
At the Corporation, Gregorian focused the foundation’s grantmaking on aiding the development of innovative ideas and transformative scholarship. During his presidency, Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded more than 10,000 grants totaling some $2.8 billion. He will be sorely missed by all who crossed his path in whatever manner during his long and fruitful life, but especially by those of us who had the good fortune to call him a friend.

Said Carnegie President Eric D. Isaacs: "Vartan was a very good friend to Carnegie Science and to me, personally, as I know he was to many of you.  Among his many remarkable accomplishments, Vartan's commitment to the Carnegie family of organizations stands out."