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Recording by Berj Zamkochian '51, '53 MM, Organ PerformanceArmenian-American organist Berj Zamkochian ’51, ’53 M.M. (1923-2004) had a successful career of international stature.  His many engagements and honors include his appointment as organist to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops in 1959, numerous best-selling recordings, and performances across the US and abroad.  In 1965, he was given the title of Titular Organist of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy, by Pope Paul VI.  Mr. Zamkochian was then appointed University Organist in Residence at Boston College where he inaugurated a series of organ recitals at the Jesuit School.  He performed for six American presidents, the Pope, the British Royal Family, and the Imperial Family of Japan. Zamkochian founded the Gomidas Organ fund, which donates organs to Armenia and Armenian churches throughout the world.  As an organist, Mr. Zamkochian gave numerous inaugural concerts and gave the dedicatory recitals on some of most important new organs in North American and abroad.  These dedicatory performances included organs in Armenia, Japan, Venice, the US, and Germany.  In 1980, he was the first nonnative Armenian to be granted membership to the Armenian Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 1983, was awarded the Bendros Atamian Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts.  His final performance was in November of 2003, when he performed for the Pope in Rome.  Mr. Zamkochian lived in Boston, MA. 2011-05-20


NEC Alumnus and Overseer Marvin Gilmore, Jr. '51 awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal.Congratulations (or should we say, “félicitations”) were in order as NEC alumnus and Overseer Marvin Gilmore, Jr. '51 received the French Legion of Honor Medal this spring. He was honored on May 20th in Gardner Auditorium at the Massachusetts State House by French Consul General, M. Christophe Guilhou, for his service in World War II during the Normandy Invasion in 1944. Gilmore is the first African-American in New England to be so decorated. 2010-05-25

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Marilyn Rae Avery, Francis Lynn Cannon, Dorothy M. Curtis, Vernard Davis, Frances Deluca, Joseph E. Digregorio, Bernice Swain Erwin, Inez Mae Frost, Mary Genevieve, Henri Ghent, Betty Bjornson Gill, Robert Russell Gray, Frances Mary Johnson, Borghild Vivian Johnston, Carol Ann Kessel, Jacqueline Joyce Lammer, June Ann Linzenbold, John A. Molloy Jr., Robert Lew Murray, Nicholas John Patterson, John J. Patterson, Jose Marin Paynter, Marguerite Phelan, H. Peter Sliker, William Riley Smith, Martha Maybury Smith, Barbara Tower Stark, Nancy Ruth Sullivan, Nancy Keay Sutyak, Henry J. Szczypien, Eleanor Tannenbaum, Gerald Warren, Robert Lincoln Weitz, Maxine J. Westfall, Bijou Margot Whiteson, Robert Jerome Williams, Phebe Wood, Frederick B. Wood Jr., Richard Zuback.