Armenian Jerusalem
St Tarkmanchats school
               Arpine’   Yaghlian   Khatchadourian   was   born   in   the   Armenian   Quarter   of   the   Old   City   of Jerusalem,    Palestine,    on    June    30,    1925,    of    parents    fortunate    to    escape    the   Armenian Genocide   in Turkey.   Her   father,   Dr.   Nazaret Yaghlian,   studied   Medicine   in   Istanbul.   During   the First   World   War   was   able   to   join   the   British Army   fighting   the   Ottomans,   entering   Jerusalem with   General   Allemby’s   army. There    he    met    and    married Alice    Kurkjian,    originally    of Aintab,      Turkey,      who      had arrived    in    Jerusalem    earlier. They   had   five   children:   Aram, their      son,      and      daughters Araxie,    Arpine’,    Nevart    and Elise. All are now deceased.      Arpine’        received        her elementary    education    at    the St.    Tarkmanchats    Elementary School,     and     her     secondary education    at    the    Jerusalem British          Girls’          College, graduating    at    17    and    passing    the    Palestine    Matriculation    Examinations    with    several distinctions,   including   English   and   Armenian.   Soon   after   graduation,   she   was   offered   a teaching   position   at   her   elementary   school.   There   she   taught   English   and   served   as   the   girls’ supervisor   for   eight   years,   until   her   marriage   to   Haig   Khatchadourian   in   September   1950. During   her   early   teaching   years   her   mentor   at   St.   Tarkmanchats   was   the   then-Rev.Torkom Manoogian,   later,   the   Armenian   Patriarch   of   Jerusalem.   After   her   marriage,   she   and   her husband   spent   a   year   teaching   English   at   the   Melkonian   Educational   Institute   in   Nicosia, Cyprus.   The   following   year   they   settled   in   Beirut,   Lebanon,   where,   besides   raising   a   family, she taught for several years at the AGBU Tarouhie-Hagopian Secondary School in Beirut.     After    the    family    moved    to    the    United    States    in    1967,   Arpine’    studied    Comparative Literature   at   The   University   of   Wisconsin-Milwaukee,   receiving,   with   Distinction,   a   B.A.   and an    M.A.    in    Comparative    Literature,    while    teaching    as    a    Lecturer    in    the    Comparative Literature    Department.    Her    Master’s    thesis    was    an    in-depth    comparative    study    of    the Armenian   Folk   Epic   “David   of   Sassoun.”   Later   she   moved   to   the   English   Department,   where she   completed,   with   the   same   brilliance   and   distinction,   all   the   requirements   for   a   PhD   in English Literature, with the exception of a Dissertation, which she did not desire to write.     At   her   retirement   from   teaching   in   1997,   she   was   interviewed   by   Ms.   Bea   Bourgeois,   a reporter   for   The   University   of   Wisconsin-Milwaukee.   The   following   are   excerpted   from   the interview:     “When   she   talks   about   her   long   career   as   a   teacher   –   whether   elementary   level,   junior high   school,   or   college—Arpine’   Khatchadourian’s   eyes   light   up. As   she   describes   the   rewards of   her   chosen   profession,   her   hands   wave   in   the   air   (‘Armenians   cannot   talk   without   moving their hands, she describes’) and a gentle smile reflects a lifetime of happy memories.” :     “Arpine’   experienced   ‘many   different   emotions’   when   she   retired   “after   47   years   as   a teacher.”   ‘There   is   some   sadness   [Arpine   commented]   because   I   love   teaching   and   I   won’t   be teaching   any   more.   I   would   teach   for   nothing   if   someone   asked   me.   But   I   also   would   like   to reestablish ties with friends I haven’t written to for a long time.’”     At the end of the interview, Ms. Bourjoeis wrote:     “Most   of   us   have   had   one   or   two   outstanding   teachers   who   made   their   subject   come   alive and   inspired   us   with   the   sheer   joy   of   learning.   Arpine   Khatchadourian   played   that   role   for hundreds   of   students,   many   of   whom   still   write   and   call   her.”   ‘People   want   to   talk   about those days, and that makes me feel very good,’ “she added “with quiet pride.”     Arpine’   is   survived   by   her   husband,   Haig,   sons   Apo   Ara,   Vicken,   and   daughter   Sonia   Nora, and grandchildren Eric Alexander and Marc Adrian           [ Quoted passages reprinted with kind permission of The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. ]
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
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