Nichan Naltchayan, 93, who came here two years ago after fleeing the civil war in Beirut, Lebanon, died Wednesday at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Arlington. He suffered from a circulatory ailment.

He lived with a son, Harry, in Annandale until moving to the nursing home a month ago.

Shortly after his arrival here, Mr. Naltchayan accompanied his son, a Washington Post photographer, to the White House, where he met President Gerald Ford. It was one of the highlights of his life.

He was born in Marash, Turkey, in 1887 and survived two massacres by the Turks, one in 1896 and the other in 1915. He settled in Beirut in 1925 and was a building contractor there until retiring about 35 years ago.

Mr. Naltchayan had a small house in the Armenisn section of Beirut, where he hoped to spend the rest of his days in retirment. But the home was on the edge of the section and bordered on a Moslem sector where the fighting became heavy.

Also surviving are a third son, Joseph, of Beirut; a daughter, Angel Manoukian, of Los Angeles; two sisters, Milia and Maritza Naltchayan, and a brother, Sarkis, all of Beirut, 15 grandchildren and five great-grand-children.