James Duncan papers 1673-1875
William Levon Babaian was born in Mount Vernon, New York, to Iranian immigrant Abgar L. Babaian and his wife Loretta. William served in the United States Army Medical Corps from 1948-1952, during which time he completed a tour of duty in Korea during the Korean War. He received a bachelor's degree from Boston University in 1956, earned a master's degree in biology the following year, and graduated from the Tufts University School of Medicine in 1961. He opened a practice near Boston, Massachusetts, but re-entered the army in 1969 as a result of escalating hostilities in Vietnam. He served with the 23rd Artillery Group in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star in December 1969, and remained in the military until at least 1976. He and his wife, Helen Bouchakian, also the daughter of Iranian immigrants, had several children, including a sons Michael, William, and Haig Steven.