Resolution J4825-2011

Mourning the death of Dr. Garabed A. Fattal, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • May 31, 2012: ADOPTED
  • May 22, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death  of Dr. Garabed A. Fattal,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal of Binghamton, New York died on Friday,
April 27, 2012; and
  WHEREAS, Born and raised in Aleppo, Syria, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal later
received his medical training in Beirut, Lebanon; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal was the first in his family to move  to
the United States, where he completed his training in Pathology; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal distinguished himself in his profession
and  by  his  sincere  dedication  and  substantial  contribution to the
welfare of his community; and
  WHEREAS, After practicing  Pathology  in  Canada  for  10  years,  Dr.
Garabed  A.  Fattal warmly embraced his new community of Binghamton, New
York, and found a stimulating, scientific environment as director of the
laboratory at General Hospital; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal played a pivotal role  in  the  consol-
idation  of the hospitals and served as the director of the laboratories
at UHS for over 25 years; and
  WHEREAS, Along with his position as director, Dr.  Garabed  A.  Fattal
embraced his relationships not only with his colleagues but with many of
the  staff in the hospital; his kind and gentle demeanor was appreciated
and loved by those who worked with him; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal had  a  strong  passion  for  teaching,
becoming  intimately  involved, both as an instructor and administrator,
at the SUNY HSC Clinical Campus; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal's commitment  to  excellence,  and  his
spirit  of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, includ-
ing charitable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS, Among his many roles and involvements, Dr. Garabed A.  Fattal
served for over 25 years on the admissions committee for Upstate Medical
University; and
  WHEREAS,  After  retirement,  Dr.  Garabed  A.  Fattal  continued  and
enhanced his commitment to service; troubled by the plight of the  unin-
sured,  he  created  a  clinic that served as a haven for quality health
care for the uninsured; and
  WHEREAS, This clinic now proudly bears Dr. Garabed  A.  Fattal's  name
and will serve as a legacy to his commitment to service; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  Garabed  A.  Fattal also had a passion for his Armenian
heritage and was a proud member of St. Gregory's the Illuminator Armeni-
an Church, serving on the parish council for many years; and
  WHEREAS, One of Dr. Garabed A. Fattal's goals in life was  to  replant
the  forests  in  Armenia; he gifted many thousands of trees in honor of
his grandchildren; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal was an avid traveler who  traveled  the
world; he loved to sail, was passionate about skiing, and loved to bike,
making the trek from Binghamton to Owego his weekly ritual; and
  WHEREAS,  He  spoke five languages fluently and would often flow seam-
lessly from one to another in conversation with friends and family; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal's biggest  passion,  however,  was  his
love for family; he was immensely proud of his parents, siblings, nieces
and nephews; his greatest joy and reason for living was his children and
grandchildren, to whom he devoted his life; and

  WHEREAS, Predeceased by his loving parents, Adballah and Marie Fattal,
Dr. Garabed A. Fattal is survived by his children, Nora (Quintin) Gibbs,
Dr.  Peter  (Karen) Fattal, and Corinne (Michael) Farrell as well as his
beloved 10 grandchildren, Erin and Brandon  Gibbs,  Alexander,  Zachary,
Ryan  and  Jessica  Fattal, Haley, Taylor, Jamie and Remy Farrell; he is
also survived by the mother of his children, Dr.  Irma  M.  Fattal;  his
sisters and brothers, Anahid Laurice, Loucine, Avedis and Jean; and many
special nieces and nephews; he also leaves behind his dear friend Ursula
Findikyan and her family; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Dr. Garabed A. Fattal leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn  the  death  of  Dr.  Garabed A. Fattal, distinguished citizen and
devoted member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Dr. Garabed A. Fattal.


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