- April 6, 1918 - April 17, 2007
- Austin, Texas
of Steven's Passing
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“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 »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Doug Henning - Jacksonville, FL
“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 »
2 of 27 | Posted by: J. Kevin Murphy - Topeka, KS
“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 »
3 of 27 | Posted by: gilda liardet - sherman oaks, CA
“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 »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Tom Murphy - Chicago, IL
“Steve was a wonderful, warm, loving man, whom we feel fortunate to have known. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his dear Emily.
5 of 27 | Posted by: Lottie and Sandy Shapiro - Austin, TX
“My deepest sympathy to you, Eleanor and your family. D
6 of 27 | Posted by: Denny Joe - 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 27 | Posted by: Marsha & Paul - Carlsbad, CA
“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 »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Marco Biancalana - Austin, 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.
9 of 27 | Posted by: Laura Davila - Austin, TX
“Will always remeber Stev's great smile
10 of 27 | Posted by: Jeff & George Ann Geeslin - TX
“We are so sorry for your loss, Eleanor! Your father lived an amazing life. Our prayers are with you and your family.
11 of 27 | Posted by: caroline egeness - 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 »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Bonny Block Edwards - Orlando, FL
“I'll always remember our Christmas visits in Long Island.
13 of 27 | Posted by: Wendy Nichols - Columbus, OH
“Uncle Steve was an uncle by marriage, and I was always proud to brag about my uncle the congressman to my friends and show them the House of...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Larry Nazarian - Penfield, NY
“"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."Matthew 5:4Our hearts and prayers are with Aunt Nan, Eleanor, Ann and Ashby. Uncle Steve...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Elyse (nee Derounian) and Sandro Rogers - NY
“Judge Derounian was a big part of my teenage years. I am a long-time friend of El and lived around the corner in Garden City. I was deeply saddened...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Kim Koslow - Lake Worth, FL
“Steve was the best of friends in all kinds of weather and will be greatly missed. we send our love to Nan, Eleanor,Ann,and Ashby. Peg and...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Ralph Latham - Charlottesville, VA
“Mr. Derounian was a WONDERFUL man and taught me at an early age, as a great friend of Eleanors, to speak my mind and get involved in any aspect of...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Leslie LoSardo - Rockville Centre, NY
“My heart goes out to you, Eleanor and Nan. I will never forget the many fond memories we shared together. My favorite was the time when I gave Mr....Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Deborah Putegnat - Austin, TX
“We were so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Steve was an inspiration to so many. He is surely in the hands...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Allison O'Malley and family - NY
“We called you Uncle Steve when we were young because our families were such dear friends. I was so proud to call you "uncle" for you were someone to...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Pam Linsky - Manhasset, NY
“Steve was a part of our family and our hearts. We will dearly miss him-a constant source of strength in our lives. Our memories of our times together...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Rich and Tracy Newhouse - NY
“We were so sad to read of Steve's death.He was a great guy who enjoyed life and was always so much fun.Kevin is in Europe,will try to contact him.
23 of 27 | Posted by: lester& barbara murphy - NY
“We love you all and are thinking and praying for you at this difficult time. We are always there for you all our love Emily Kinder Robert Wurzbach.
24 of 27 | Posted by: Robert Wurzbach - San Antonio, TX
“The world has lost a wonderful patriot, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. I have many fond memories of my dear Uncle Steve and mourn his...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Ellen Kennard Jenkins - Seattle, WA
“You were always an inspiration to me Uncle Steve. Thank you. Love, from nephew Robert.
26 of 27 | Posted by: Robert Derounian - Penfield, NY
“We love you all and feel great pain for your loss.
27 of 27 | Posted by: Henry & Genevieve Vollentine - TX
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 1950S 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