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“Steve Derounian was truly a genuine American patriot, brilliant man and dear friend for over 40 years. Mary Alice and I had many wonderful times with...Read More »
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“Eleanor and Family: What a life, how proud you must be to reflect back on the towering accomplishments your Dad has achieved. I know youmiss him...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Tom Murphy - Chicago, IL

“Dear Nan, Ann, and El... My condolances to you on Steve's passing. I know he's now with God and is with my friend Steve, your loving son and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Doug Henning - Jacksonville, FL

“What a wonderful life and a wonderful man.My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family and loved ones.Thankfully so many of you have treasured...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: gilda liardet - sherman oaks, CA

“My deepest sympathy to you, Eleanor and your family. D ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Denny Joe - Austin, TX

“We are so sorry for your loss, Eleanor! Your father lived an amazing life. Our prayers are with you and your family. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: caroline egeness - Austin, TX

“What a priviledge to have known Mr. Derounian. He had an incredible life and left a legacy he can be proud of. My prayers and sympathy go out to...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Marsha & Paul - Carlsbad, CA

“Steve was a wonderful, warm, loving man, whom we feel fortunate to have known. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his dear Emily. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Lottie and Sandy Shapiro - Austin, TX

“I will always remember the good times we shared when your family came over for dinner @ Jeffrey's. Although it is very sad to lose someone as nice...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Marco Biancalana - Austin, TX

“Will always remeber Stev's great smile ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Jeff & George Ann Geeslin - TX

“It was my pleasure to have met Mr.Derounian.Though it was a short time,he was a wonderful man.My deepest condolences to the family. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Laura Davila - Austin, TX

“My sincere condolences. Such a kind man with an genuine smile. I will never forget seeing his office for the first time, which was covered with...Read More »
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Steven B. Derounian Former United States Representative and New York State Supreme Court Justice dies at 89. As a young attorney with a reputation for a strong handshake, Mr. Derounian began his political career when he was elected councilman of the town board of North Hempstead, New York from 1948 to 1952. He was subsequently elected from the 2nd District of New York to the House of Representatives as a Republican in the Eighty-third and the five succeeding Congresses, from January 3, 1953 to January 3, 1965, the first Armenian-American elected to Congress. During his five terms as Congressman, Mr. Derounian served on the Ways and Means Committee, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the District of Columbia Committee, the subcommittees on Transportation & Aeronautics and the Special Committee on Legislative Oversight, and served as Congressional Advisor to the US Delegation to the World Health Assembly at New Delhi, India, and to the US Delegations to Liberia and the Cameroons. Mr. Derounian was part of the Congressional subcommittee that investigated the 1950’S Quiz show scandals involving Charles Van Doren and the Dick Clark payola hearings. His remarks and questioning won him national attention as an advocate of honesty and integrity in government and were quoted in the Robert Redford movie “The Quiz Show” in which the hearings were portrayed. In 1954, he was elected a member of The Chowder and Marching Society, a society of influential Republican congressmen, and was a delegate to the 1956 and 1960 Republican national Conventions. After completing his sixth term in Congress, he became senior partner in the New York law firm of Derounian, Candee, Guardino, and Murphy, from 1965 to 1969. In 1968 Mr. Derounian, a resident of Garden City, New York, was elected as Justice of the Supreme Court of New York, and he served on the bench from 1969 to 1981. The Derounians retired to Austin, Texas, in 1981, where he was of Counsel for the law firm McGinnis, Lockridge, and Kilgore. Mr. Derounian was a member of the American Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Washington Bar Association, and the Austin Bar Association. Mr. Derounian was born to Armenian parents, Boghos and Eliza Derounian, in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 6, 1918. He was brought to the United States in 1921 when his parents and two brothers immigrated to the United States to escape the massacre of Armenian Apostolics by the Turks. The family settled in Mineola, New York. He graduated from the Mineola public schools first in his class, worked his way through New York University, and the Fordham University School of Law, where he was editor of the Fordham Law Review. He graduated and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1942 and began practice in Mineola the same year. Mr. Derounian was licensed to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court, the New York Supreme Court, the Federal Communications Commission, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and the Board of Immigration. Four months after passing the New York Bar he was selected for Officers Candidate School and, graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant, joined the 103rd Infantry (Cactus) Division with which he served in combat overseas from October 1944 to March 1946. He was awarded the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was discharged as Captain in 1946. In 1947, Mr. Derounian met and married the former Emily Ann Kennard of Gonzales, Texas, whom he met while the recent University of Texas graduate was living in New York. He was a Mason (Mineola Lodge, Second Nassau District), a devoted member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd where he served on its Vestry, search committee, and as an usher. He was an avid golf and tennis player, an accomplished violinist, and a lover of opera and symphonic music. He was a recipient, in 1961, of the Sarafin Award, an award of national recognition given by the Armenian Student Association to Armenians who have made exceptional contributions to community life. Mr. Derounian never met a stranger. He brought to his duties and to his life, an indefatigable and optimistic zest grounded in honesty, integrity, and great pride to be an American. Preceded in death by his son Steven Blake Derounian, his brothers Avedis and Hagop (Jack) Derounian, Mr. Derounian is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emily Ann Derounian, daughters Ann Banks, Lexington, Kentucky, and Eleanor Derounian, Austin, Texas, son in law David P. Banks III, Lexington, Kentucky, granddaughter Elizabeth Ashby Green, Lexington, Kentucky, niece Elyse Derounian of Manhattan, nephews Paul Derounian of Manhattan, and Robert Derounian of Penfield, New York. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas. A service of committal will be held at the Masonic Cemetery in Gonzales, Texas. In memoriam, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice Austin, Spicewood Springs Road, The Gathering at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas, and the Salvation Army. Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78705 – (512) 452-8811