Lillian Shoushan Berberian Klanian, class of 1957

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



  • Lillian S. Berberian, Brun Mael, 1957