Nelly Ayvasian

Inducted: 1988

Mr. Nelly Ayvasian is the retired Executive Director of the International Institute of Rhode Island. Born in the Soviet Union, and severely wounded during World War II, he was imprisoned in a German labor camp before coming to live in Warwick, RI. He joined the Institute staff in 1959 and over the years helped thousands of immigrants with housing and employment, English lessons, and citizenship classes.

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