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Communications executive

Barry Zorthian, Turkish, American communications executive. Bar: New York 1953.


Zorthian, Barry was born on October 8, 1920 in Kutahia, Turkey. Naturalized, United States, 1930. Son of Herbert Peter and Annaly (Markarian) Zorthian.


Bachelor, Yale University, 1941. Bachelor of Laws, New York University, 1953. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Indiana Institute of Technology, 1970.


Newspaper reporter, 1936-1942. Newspaper & radio reporter, 1947-1948. News & policy editor United States Information Agency, 1948-1956, program manager Voice of America, 1956-1961.

Deputy public affairs. officer United States Information Service, India, 1961-1964. Minister-counselor for information United States Embassy, Saigon, Vietnam, 1964-1968. Vice president Time, Inc., 1969-1979, vice president government affairs, 1974-1979.

President Time-Life Broadcast, 1969-1973, Washington/Baltimore Regional Association, 1979-1981. Senior vice president Gray & Company, Washington, 1981-1984. Partner Alcalde & Fay, Arlington, Virginia, 1984—2010.

With United States Marine Corps, 1942-1946, col United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1946-1973.


  • Bar: New York 1953.


Board of directors American University of Armenia, Armenian General Benevolent Union. President Public Diplomacy Foundation With United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1942-1946. Colonel Reserve retired.

Member Council on Foreign Rels., American Foreign Svc. Association, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association Congregationalist, Century Association (New York City) Club, Congressional Country (Washington) Club, Burning Tree (Washington) Club, Metropolitan (Washington) Club.


Married Margaret Aylaian, June 6, 1948 (deceased July 2010). Children: Gregory Jannig, Stephen Arnak.

Herbert Peter Zorthian

Annaly (Markarian) Zorthian

Margaret Aylaian

Stephen Arnak Zorthian

Gregory Jannig Zorthian