Mourning the death of Dr. Garabed A. Fattal, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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  • 22 / May / 2012
  • 31 / May / 2012
  • 31 / May / 2012

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Dr. Garabed A. Fattal,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal of Binghamton, New York died on Friday,
April 27, 2012; and
WHEREAS, Born and raised in Aleppo, Syria, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal later
received his medical training in Beirut, Lebanon; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal was the first in his family to move to
the United States, where he completed his training in Pathology; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal distinguished himself in his profession
and by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the
welfare of his community; and
WHEREAS, After practicing Pathology in Canada for 10 years, Dr.
Garabed A. Fattal warmly embraced his new community of Binghamton, New
York, and found a stimulating, scientific environment as director of the
laboratory at General Hospital; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal played a pivotal role in the consol-
idation of the hospitals and served as the director of the laboratories
at UHS for over 25 years; and
WHEREAS, Along with his position as director, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal
embraced his relationships not only with his colleagues but with many of
the staff in the hospital; his kind and gentle demeanor was appreciated
and loved by those who worked with him; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal had a strong passion for teaching,
becoming intimately involved, both as an instructor and administrator,
at the SUNY HSC Clinical Campus; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal's commitment to excellence, and his
spirit of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, includ-
ing charitable and civic endeavors; and
WHEREAS, Among his many roles and involvements, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal
served for over 25 years on the admissions committee for Upstate Medical
University; and
WHEREAS, After retirement, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal continued and
enhanced his commitment to service; troubled by the plight of the unin-
sured, he created a clinic that served as a haven for quality health
care for the uninsured; and
WHEREAS, This clinic now proudly bears Dr. Garabed A. Fattal's name
and will serve as a legacy to his commitment to service; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal also had a passion for his Armenian
heritage and was a proud member of St. Gregory's the Illuminator Armeni-
an Church, serving on the parish council for many years; and
WHEREAS, One of Dr. Garabed A. Fattal's goals in life was to replant
the forests in Armenia; he gifted many thousands of trees in honor of
his grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal was an avid traveler who traveled the
world; he loved to sail, was passionate about skiing, and loved to bike,
making the trek from Binghamton to Owego his weekly ritual; and
WHEREAS, He spoke five languages fluently and would often flow seam-
lessly from one to another in conversation with friends and family; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal's biggest passion, however, was his
love for family; he was immensely proud of his parents, siblings, nieces
and nephews; his greatest joy and reason for living was his children and
grandchildren, to whom he devoted his life; and

WHEREAS, Predeceased by his loving parents, Adballah and Marie Fattal,
Dr. Garabed A. Fattal is survived by his children, Nora (Quintin) Gibbs,
Dr. Peter (Karen) Fattal, and Corinne (Michael) Farrell as well as his
beloved 10 grandchildren, Erin and Brandon Gibbs, Alexander, Zachary,
Ryan and Jessica Fattal, Haley, Taylor, Jamie and Remy Farrell; he is
also survived by the mother of his children, Dr. Irma M. Fattal; his
sisters and brothers, Anahid Laurice, Loucine, Avedis and Jean; and many
special nieces and nephews; he also leaves behind his dear friend Ursula
Findikyan and her family; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Dr. Garabed A. Fattal, distinguished citizen and
devoted member of his community; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Dr. Garabed A. Fattal.


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