Gerry Kuroghlian may be the most passionate person I know.
For over 40 years, his passion was teaching English. Generations of Staples students were inspired by his incredible enthusiasm for Shakespeare, his “Myth and Bible” course, writing, and everything else associated with the school.
Mercy — also in Bridgeport — provides basic literacy and life skills training to low-income, under-educated, marginalized women. It’s an amazing organization, and dozens of Westporters donate their time and energy there too.
Over Thanksgiving, Gerry and his wife Ellen were enjoying a stay at the Hawthorne Inn in Concord, Massachusetts. They began chatting with another family. Gerry mentioned Mercy Learning Center. The family wanted to know more. Gerry happily told them all he knew. That was that.
Until this week.
Mercy Learning Center called to tell Gerry they’d received a $10,000 donation from strangers. It was the family he’d told all about Mercy.
Some call it a miracle.
I call it the kind of thing that happens when Gerry Kuroghlian spreads his warmth and passion with whomever he meets.
The tributes have begun for beloved Staples English teacher Gerry Kuroghlian.
Near the end of tonight’s Orphenians concert, Alice Lipson — director of the elite choral group — dedicated a song to the retiring instructor. She thanked him for his unwavering support of the arts throughout his 42-year career.
The song: The Beatles’ poignant “In My Life.”
Gerry: We know we’ll never lose affection. In our life, there is no one compares with you.
Alice Lipson and Gerry Kuroghlian -- 2 special people.
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