Pakrad A. Giragosian, age 81 of Concord died Sunday, November 30, 2008 at Emerson Hospital. He was born December 22, 1926, in Massena, NY, the son of Michael and Antara (Pelifian) Giragosian.
During WW II , he served in the U.S. Army Air Force as part of the liberation campaign in Europe.
Mr. Giragosian married Louise Mgurdichian in 1952 and resided in Concord for almost 40 years, where they raised two daughters, Patricia and Nancy, and a son, Timothy.
He was the author and formulator of "Programmable Diabetes" and he was a Registered Professional Engineer (Commonwealth of Massachusetts) in the field of aerodynamics. His diverse work of over 40 years includes efforts on reentry vehicles (notably on the original reentry solution, the Apollo capsule design), space vehicles, the Space Defense Initiative Program, numerous aircraft/missile programs, jet vane design for vertical launch, and aircraft/air safety and wind-environment effects on structures.
He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied urban planning.
He held numerous patents with multiple claims and has authored the text, "Aerodynamics of Fundamental Shapes" and a compendium on "High Energy Lasers." He had also authored and presented numerous technical papers at professional aeronautical and astronomical society conferences in America and abroad, and was founder of Space/Planetary Entry Systems, Inc., one of America's first planetary entry companies.
In addition to his wife, Louise, he leaves his daughters, Patricia and Nancy, both of Boston, a son, Timothy, and daughter-in-law, Anne, of Manchester by the Sea, two grandchildren, Samuel and Elizabeth. He is also survived by his sister, Sosie Hublitz, of Florida. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Roxy Kerkorian and Clara Almasian.
Concord's town flag flew at half-staff in honor of Mr. Giragosian's distinguished service to his country during WW II in the U.S. Army Air Force.