Biography

Copy of Abe Picture 2

Abraham Megerdichian was born in Massachusetts in 1923 to Armenian immigrants from Turkey.  Upon graduation from Rindge Technical School in Cambridge Abraham enlisted in the Navy, served in the Pacific as ship’s cook and occasional gunner, returned to Cambridge and got employed as a machinist in a factory.  The machine skills he learned at school and in the military guided him as a machinist throughout his career.

Abraham married and raised three children, all of whom graduated from public schools in Cambridge. His son still lives in the city.

In the 1960s Abraham began making utilitarian, metal objects for use at home – pans, knives, candle holders, and flower vases, and then more complicated, motorized wood- and metal-working machines for sanding, sawing and grinding.  As he became a more skilled machinist Abraham began machining from blocks of brass, aluminum, copper and stainless steel easily recognizable and often intricately detailed everyday objects which he presented to his family as gifts for holidays.  His hobby became a passion as the level of detail and craftsmanship grew.

Abraham’s fellow workers, friends and family members lovingly called him either Abe or Abie, and in gratitude for their friendship he crafted for them precious keepsakes, always the heaviest wrapped gifts despite their small size.

A humble and devout man, committed husband and father, avid gardener, bicyclist, stamp collector, supporter of foreign language education, and tinkerer, Abraham died in 1983.

Following Abraham’s passing the Megerdichian family donated many of his machinist’s tools to the Bray Mechanical Lab at Tufts University in Medford, MA.  Abraham’s legacy remains for mechanical engineering students at Tufts can use his tools to this day.