Jacob Sarkis Nakshian - Attleboro, Mass.

Jacob Sarkis Nakshian - Attleboro, Mass.

Jacob Sarkis Nakshian, 87, of Blackstone Road passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015, in his home surrounded by loving family. He was the husband of 59 years of the late Anne W. Nakshian who recently passed away on December 11, 2014.

Born June 17, 1927, in Providence, R.I., he was the son of the late Hagop S. Nakshian and Altoon (Noorigian) Nakshian. Jacob grew up in Providence and graduated in 1945 from Hope High School in Providence. He later lived in Worcester, Mass., for 10 years before moving to Attleboro in 1968.

Following high school, Jacob served in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of his service, in 1950 he received an A.B. in Social Relations from Harvard College. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. At the University of Connecticut, in 1952 he received an M.A., followed by a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1956.

Jacob was a clinical psychologist with the Veterans Administration for two years in Albany, N.Y., followed by 10 years in Worcester. He continued his work for 40 years in Attleboro, beginning at the Attleboro Area Mental Health Center and retiring in 2008 from Community Care Services.

During his career, he also taught classes at Clark University, University of Rhode Island and Bristol Community College. He shared his love of reading by serving as a volunteer at The Literacy Center in Attleboro during his retirement. He enjoyed cinema, bird watching, gardening, playing tennis and attending theatre.

He is survived by three children and their spouses, Laura Ward and husband Bill of Barrington, R.I., Will Nakshian and wife Rebecca Randall of Cumberland, R.I., and Elizabeth Nakshian of Lincoln, R.I.; a sister-in-law, Mary Whelan and partner Richard Bonin of Attleboro; and four grandchildren, Helen and Nathan Ward and Jacob and Rachel Nakshian. He was the brother of the late Elmas Bedrosian, Bertha Ketchian and Charles Nakshian. He was the uncle of Dr. Sonia Ketchian, Philip Ketchian, Gloria Casparian, and the late Ann Kayarian.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015, from 4 - 8 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A combined memorial service for both Anne and Jacob Nakshian will be held Saturday, January 10 at 12:30 p.m. at Murray Unitarian Universalist Church at 505 North Main St. in Attleboro. Following the service, there will be a luncheon at the church for all those who would like to join the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Literacy Center, 80 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 or to the Armenian General Benevolent Union, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022. To sign an online guestbook for Mr. Nakshian, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com