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Manufacturing executive , physicist

Robert Vartan Meghreblian, Egyptian, American Manufacturing executive, physicist.

Background

Meghreblian, Robert Vartan was born on September 6, 1922 in Cairo. Arrived in the United States, 1923, naturalized, 1929. Son of Vahan V. and Mary (Kurkjian) Meghreblian.

Education

Bachelor in Engineering (Gotshall-Powell scholar), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1943. Master of Science (Guggenheim fellow), California Institute of Technology, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy magna cum laude (Guggenheim fellow), California Institute of Technology, 1953.

Career

Lecturer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1952-1955;associate project manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1955-1958;chief section, Physics Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute Technology, 1958-1960;manager space science division, Physics Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute Technology, 1960-1968;deputy assistant lab director, Physics Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute Technology, 1968-1971;associate professor applied mechanics, Physics Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute Technology, 1960-1961;vice president research and engineering, Cabot Corporation, Boston, 1971-1979;vice president, Cabot Corporation, Boston, 1971-1987;president, Distrigas Corporation, 1979-1985;general manager, Cabot Crystals Business Unit, 1985-1986;director corporation planning and development, Cabot Crystals Business Unit, 1986-1987.

Membership

Vice chair Montecito Planning Commission, California, 2003, chair, 2004—2006. Fellow: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (associate), American Nuclear Society. Member: Montecito Association (board director 1992-1998, chair architectural review committee 1993-1995, vice president 1994, president 1995-1996, elected honorary director 2007, Montecito Citizen of Year 2002), Art Foundation Santa Barbara (vice president), Santa Barbara Club (president 2009-2010), Tennis Club Santa Barbara, Sigma Xi.

Connections

Married Mary J. Walton, 1955 (divorced 1977). Children: David V., Susan M. Married Margaret M. Gordon, 1987.

father:
Vahan V. Meghreblian

mother:
Mary (Kurkjian) Meghreblian

spouse:
Margaret M. Gordon

child:
David V. Meghreblian

child:
Susan M. Meghreblian