The Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation was established in loving memory of Ani and Narod Ardhaldjian who died alongside 130 passengers and crew in the crash of USAir 427 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 8, 1994.
Ani Coherian Ardhaldjian was born in 1958, in Manhattan, New York to an immigrant Armenian family. She attended a New York public school in Queens during the week and Armenian school on the weekends. Growing up in the 1960s, Ani had a particular interest in civil rights and women’s issues. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Queens College. She continued her graduate work in market research and business administration. Ani was a professional working in the field of advertising when her daughter Narod was born. She was a dedicated mother who managed a balanced life between work, community, friends, and family. Ani enjoyed a cosmopolitan life and lived in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago with her husband Raffy Ardhaldjian.
Sadly, Ani’s life abruptly ended at the age of 36 as a result of an airline accident. She died aboard USAir flight 427 with her 2 ½ year old daughter, Narod, and 130 other passengers on September 8, 1994, in Pittsburgh, PA. The Coherian and Ardhaldjian families established the Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation in their memory.
Narod Coherian Ardhaldjian was born in the early hours of March 24, 1992, in Westlake Village, California to Raffy and Ani Ardhaldjian. The word narod in Armenian refers to the traditional ribbons tied around the foreheads of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony. With her big Armenian brown eyes, long eyelashes, sparkling smile, soft complexion, golden locks of hair and big heart, Narod was a joy to everyone. She inherited Ani’s attention to detail and love for beautiful things and Raffy’s focus and joie de vivre. Narod, like other children her age, loved books, storytelling, music and dancing. She also enjoyed being in nature, horses and the blowing wind. She especially enjoyed watching airplanes that flew above and the cars that drove by below.
Unfortunately, Narod’s short-lived life tragically ended on the evening of September 8, 1994, at 7:05pm Eastern Standard Time. She was aboard the fatal USAir Flight 427 sitting on her mother’s lap on their way to join her father, Raffy.
Related News & Media
- Armenian Weekly: Two Armenians Perish in Crash of USAir Flight 427 September 17, 1997
- Armenian Weekly: Air Crash Victims Ani & Narod Ardhaldjian Remembered in Memorial Service September 24, 1994
- Local Memorial Service to Remember Victims of USAir Flight 427 September 18, 1994