Born in San Francisco in 1926.
Historian, educator and a leader in San Francisco's and later
Fresno's Armenian communities. Her Erzengatzi (maternal)
grandfather, Avedis "Moruk" Hinaekian, was a teacher, lawyer and
Hunchakian leader, he was one of the local founders of Party
chapter in the region in 1888 .
Louise is said to have been influenced by her mother who shared
with her the life story and experiences of her grandfather.
Louise Nalbandian took her undergraduate studies at San Francisco
State University and her master's and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford.
Her masters thesis in 1949 was on "The Origins & Development of
Socialism in Armenia: The Social Democrat Hunchakian Party
1887-1949". She also wrote articles for Armenian Newspapers and
periodicals. Before joining the faculty at Fresno State in 1963,
Dr. Nalbandian was a research associate at UCLA. She is also the
author of "The
Armenian Revolutionary Movement - The Development of Armenian
Political Parties through the Nineteenth Century"
published by the University of California Press in 1963. The book,
which was also her Ph.D. thesis, is an excellent study of the
development of Armenian political parties through the Nineteenth
Century. To research for the book, Dr. Nalbandian had travelled to Beirut and
New York on numerous occasions to study the archives of the "Eridassard
Hayastan" and "Ararad" (the party organs of S.D. Hunchak Party in
America and Lebanon respectively), she had conferred personally
with numerous Hunchaks in America, Europe and the Middle East, who
were involved in the revolutionary and political activities of the
party. Widely travelled in America, she was active in raising
funds for the education of needy Armenians throughout the world.
Dr. Nalbandian died tragically in 1974 of injuries suffered in an
automobile accident at Newman, California. She had spent the
Thanksgiving weekend with relatives and was returning to Fresno
State University where she was a professor of history and
co-ordinator of Armenian Studies. It is often mentioned that
Hunchaks are humanitarians thanks to the principles of the
ideology of their affiliation, they have a positive point-of-view
on society and a caring disposition towards people. Louise
Nalbandian had those characteristics. Her personality and
scientific contribution that she had made to Armenian and Hunchak
historiography makes her an outstanding name amongst American
Armenians, in the company of historians and within Hunchakian