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Sam Boghossian

Sam Boghossian of Grass Valley died July 13.

Sam was born May 22, 1920, in Sivas, Armenia. At the age of 8 he began his career in music playing violin. He became known as a prodigy and never looked back.

His early studies came from the New England Conservatory, Julliard and Cincinnati Conservatory. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Force, which took him to Nice, France, and also Nice Conservatory. He was an accomplished violist who did it all. After nearly four years in the service he played with the Columbus Orchestra, Pittsburgh Orchestra and Freddy Martin, with Merv Griffin.



Sam joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic /Hollywood Bowl for 13 years playing under Von Karajan, Bruno Walter, Von Beinum and Zubin Mehta. Completing his career, he went on to the studios and TV with noted stars Sinatra, Streisand, Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, The Carpenters, John Denver, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bread, Sonny and Cher, Glen Campbell, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Barry Manilow, Al Hirt (college roommate), Joan Sutherland, Heifez, Issac Stern and Pavarotti. He also did the Carol Burnett Show, Andy Williams and Bonanza. He worked with renowned conductor and arranger, Artie Butler (one of his closest friends), John Williams and countless others.

Sam was a devoted husband and father. He had a quick and ceaseless wit that will be “just a memory” as he would have said.




His one and only hobby was golf, which he played with the same “drive” (a pun for Sam) as his love for music.

Sam is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Elenore Wood Boghossian; daughter, Cindy (Greg) Moran and granddaughter Mackenzie Moran of Gilroy; son, Greg (Nancy) Boghossian, granddaughters Brighton (Steve) Helfant, and great-grandsons Ben and Dave Helfant of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Hilary (Kevin) Smith and great-grandson Drew Lytle of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; son, Jim (Shannon) Boghossian, granddaughter Rae Boghossian and grandsons Cole and Clay Boghossian of Livermore; brother, Dr. John Boghossian; and nephews James (Debbie) Boghossian, Jamie and John of Columbus, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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