Yervant Hovannes Krikorian, 85, a visiting professor of philosophy at American University, George Washington University and Howard University, died of Parkinson's Disease on Nov. 28 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Born in Aintab, Turkey, Dr. Krikorian graduated from Robert College in Constantinople (now Istanbul) and after teaching there for a short time, moved to the United States in 1915. He graduated from Yale University's School of Divinity and then from Harvard University, where he received his doctorate in philosophy.

For 40 years Dr. Krikorian taught philosophy at the City College of New York. By the time he left in 1962, he was chairman of the philosophy department. After leaving CCNY, he operated an art gallery in New York for three years, then moved to Washington.

Dr. Krikorian was a visiting professor of philosophy at Amercian University and also taught at George Washington and Howard Universities before retiring in 1975, because of illness.

He was a member of the Yale Club and the Philosophical Association. Among the books on which he was an associate editor is "Basic Problems of Philosophy."

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen, of the home in Washington; a sister, Ephronia Manookian, of Washington, and a brother, Albert, of Washington.