In Memory

Marvin Hagopian (Science)

Marvin Hagopian (Science)

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06/28/12 03:52 PM #1    

Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)


Mr. Hagopian was the greatest homeroom teacher ever. He loved to tease us and keep the oversized teen egos in their place, while at the same time encouraging us to be all we could be. I was the first in our family to graduate from college, and I am sure it was because Mr. H. was such a cheerleader for a college education. He made predictions for all of us of what we'd be doing in ten years toward the end of our senior year, and he predicted I would be in a classroom, teaching elementary kids.  I had never really consdered being a teacher. I had in my shallow teenage mind something more glamorous - something where I could wear beautiful clothes ;-)  How did he know teaching was the perfect, most rewarding career for me, one that lasted 35 years!  RIP, Mr. H. 

06/28/12 06:48 PM #2    

Jeanne Zinser (Gottschalk)

Oh, Terri! You expressed it so well! When it first was decided that students would be transferred from their present home rooms to 2 RL home rooms, I was reticent because I was comfortable where I was. But it was one of the best high school decisions that I made when I made the move. Mr. Hagopian was probably the best positive influence on my entire 4 years of my CHS experience. He was patient, understanding, kind, gentle, and empathetic. There were many times during my senior year that, without his guidance, I couldn't have endured. I'm certain there are many stories like mine that  follow after him! Mr Hagopian, I will NEVER forget you!!

07/22/12 12:53 PM #3    

Klara Ruppert (Grigg)

I am so saddened to hear Mr. Hagopian passed away 4 years ago.  Somewhere in the back of my mind i was hoping he'd be at the reunion.  There is so much I had to say to him about what a great mentor and cheerleader he was!  He kept me in school, even convinced my mom that she should support that decision.  I came from a European environment that believed educating women was a waste of time.  They were just going to get married and have a family.  Mr. Hagopian and several other teachers convinced my mom otherwise.  Ultimately, my mother couldn't have been more proud of me.  Thank you for that Mr. Hagopian.  I also have fond memories of Mr. Hagopian and Mr. Welch (history) giving me a hard time, making wise-cracks, and making me laugh.  Mr. Hagopian built quite a legacy.

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