The George S. Yacoubian Memorial Scholarship was established in June 2021 with an endowment of $20,000 by Claire Margaret Yacoubian in loving remembrance of her husband, George.

George was generous with causes he supported and a strong advocate of Armenia and education. He would have been gratified and honored to know that this scholarship in his name would help qualified students achieve their educational goals and, in turn, be a living legacy to values he cherished throughout his life.

Funds from the endowment will assist with tuition for a native-born Armenian student living and attending an accredited university in Armenia, with preference given to an orphan pursuing a degree in pharmacy.

Born in 1936, Mr. Yacoubian was a graduate of Lansdowne-Aldan High School (1955) and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (1959). After managing Ithan Pharmacy in Villanova, PA for 15 years, he purchased Coulson’s Pharmacy in Havertown, PA in 1976, retiring in 1999 as its much-respected owner-pharmacist.

Demonstrating his passion for and knowledge of the Armenian heritage, he held numerous leadership positions within the community. He was a member of the Knights of Vartan for 36 years and was elected and served two terms as Grand Commander. He was the Philadelphia Branch President of the Armenian Students’ Association, its Central Executive Committee President, and for 27 years, was a member of its Board of Trustees, including four terms as Chairman. He served as the Philadelphia AGBU Chairman for 19 years, a Fellow Trustee of the Armenian Assembly, the founding Treasurer of SOAR, and a writing contributor to the Armenian Mirror Spectator.

George S. Yacoubian

In addition, George gave freely of his time and efforts to his local community. He was a member of the Haverford Township Club of Rotary International for many years and volunteered for Meals On Wheels with Margaret.

George was devoted to his family: his wife, Margaret, of 48 years; his children, George, Jr. and Kim; and his grandchildren, Liliana, Sophie, and Tessa. He loved history, politics, the beach, traveling (especially to Armenia), playing backgammon, and was a voracious reader and writer. His passing on February 29, 2016, left a huge void in his family which is now filled with loving remembrances of him.