Lillian S. Berberian, class of 1957

Lillian S. Berberian was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1935 to Agavne and Misak Berberian, Armenian natives who were proprietors of several small neighborhood businesses, including a grocery store and theatre. Berberian's mother had immigrated with her parents; her father’s died in a massacre in Turkey. She taught school after graduating from Pembroke College in 1957 with an A.B. in sociology. She met her husband, Peter Klanian, a University of Rhode Island graduate and insurance underwriter, through the Armenian community and church. They were married for 50 years until his death in January 2013. Berberian returned to teaching in 1979, refreshing her credentials at Rhode Island College and working in the Warwick, Rhode Island schools until 2005.  She has four children and six grandchildren.



  • Lillian S. Berberian, Brun Mael, 1957