Kenneth E. Najarian, MD, FSIR, Professor of Radiology at the University of Vermont, was tragically killed by a drunk driver in Ferrisburg on Wednesday afternoon, June 17, 2015. Dr. Najarian was the beloved husband of Kristine Mary (Thew) Najarian and the devoted father of Jared and Shannon. Ken, as he was known, was the son of the late John K. Najarian, Associate Judge of the Rhode Island Family Court, and the late Mary (Avedisian) Najarian. Born in Providence, R.I., he was a graduate of the Providence Country Day School, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Vermont Medical School. He completed his medical internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Colo., and his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. During his 30 year career, Ken completed fellowships in Ultrasound and Computed Tomography at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and in Interventional Radiology at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. A resident of Charlotte, Vt., and “Shore Acres,” North Kingstown, R.I., Ken is survived by his sisters, Linda M. Najarian Koenig (Werner) of Warwick, R.I., and Carol E. Najarian Pjojian (Kenneth) of Cranston, R.I.; brother, John K. Najarian, Jr. (Linda) of North Kingstown, R.I.; and was the adored uncle of Stefan, Neil, John III, and Mary Elizabeth. Ken had a true love for life and was passionate about anything he undertook, whether it was cycling, drumming, kite boarding, or other athletic and artistic pursuits. A life sadly ended too soon, Ken will be remembered for his devotion to Krissi, Jared and Shannon, his keen intellect, adventurous spirit, family, and respected commitment to his profession. Visiting hours in Vermont will be held on Monday, June 22, 2015, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Shelburne Funeral Chapel of Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, 209 Falls Road, Shelburne. Visiting hours in Rhode Island will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Nardolillo Funeral Home, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston. Ken’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church, 70 Jefferson St., Providence, R.I., followed by interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Church, 70 Jefferson St., Providence, RI 02908 or St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38101.
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