October 12, 1889: (appoximate date)

Born in Malatya, Turkey

1895:

Father (Mardiros Dohanian) killed in massacres

1903:

Immigrated with his mother Deramar and brothers Hagop and Luke to Somerville, Massachusetts

1905:

Graduated from Somerville Elementary School

1909:

Graduated from Somerville High School

1913:

Graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor of science degree

1915:

Graduated from Harvard University with an M.S. degree in forestry

1915-1917:

Employed by the USDA Gypsy Moth Lab in Melrose, Massachusetts

1917-1919:

Enlisted in the U.S. Army. Stationed at Kelley Field, Texas.

1919-1926:

Returned to the Gypsy Moth Lab and traveled to Madrid, Cordoba, Lisbon, and other parts of Europe to find other natural enemies of the gypsy moth.

1926-1927:

Worked for the American Cyanimid Co. Traveled to France, Switzerland, and Germany.

1927-1934:

Studied natural enemies of the European corn borer on Long Island.

1935-1936:

Traveled to Trinidad, British West Indies, British Guiana, and Peru to find natural enemies of sugar cane, bananas, and coconuts. Click here for a copy of the Boston Globe article from June 30, 1935: Uncle Sam's Ace Insect Hunter Off for Three Years in the Tropics (7.8 MB).

March 19, 1936: Boarded SS Costa Rica for Panama from Trinidad. Takes another ship (unknown) to Peru. (March 21: arrived in Curacao; March 26: in Caragena, Columbia; April 20: in Trujillo, Peru. Dined regularly at the Club CentrĂ¡l, lives in a hotel on Juan Fuoco street.)

1937-1947:

Established lab in Eugene, Oregon, to study filbert worms and weevils.

1948-1959:

Worked for the Plant Quarantine Division of the Agricultural Research Service, inspecting cargo and baggage from planes and ships arriving in the port of New York.

February 17, 1972:

Died in Oakland, California. Click here to download the obituary that appeared in the Journal of the Washington Academy of Science.