Benjamin Robert Talanian of Waquoit, who founded the PROCUTS hair salon chain, died Monday, September 2, after a long illness. He was 87.
He was the husband of Miriam T. (Caputo) Talanian; the couple would have celebrated 60 years of marriage at their upcoming anniversary.
Mr. Talanian, who was known as Bob, graduated from Roslindale High School. He enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Korea aboard the Coral Sea.
After his military service, he pursued a business education at Boston University and then acquired a cosmetology degree from Mansfield Beauty Academy with the goal of opening his own salon.
He ran several successful service salons before originating the PROCUTS concept with his wife: reasonably priced haircuts in a modern, streamlined atmosphere with full services available à la carte. The idea culminated in a successful family-run chain with 11 locations from Orleans to Plymouth.
He enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing and quahogging. He also took pleasure in refurbishing antique furniture.
In addition to his wife, he leaves a sister, Marianne Babikian of Del Mar, California; twin daughters, Lynne Talanian Mangalo and Robyn Talanian Burns, both of Osterville; a son, David Talanian of Waquoit; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Burial will be private.