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The Honorable George Keverian

1931 - 2009

Born in Everett, MA, George was born into a family that had just escaped the Armenian Genocide. The family struggled to make ends meet. George's mother Eliza worked countless hours altering dresses at home while George's father Nazar strained to wrong out a meager living from his shoe repair shop. George's character was shaped by the experiences and values of his parents. George graduated Everett High School in 1949 with high honors. In high school, he advanced his debating skills, developed his memory, honed his powerful wit, and sharpened his sense of humor. Most importantly, George identified his core beliefs in his Valedictorian speech; Democracy and Public Service. George graduated Magna cum Laude in 1953 from Harvard College. At age 23, George was elected as the youngest ever to the Common Council in Everett. He prevailed in a crowded field of candidates by sending a picture of every home in his Ward to each voter along with his appeal for their support. He was elected State Representative in 1967 where he rose in the ranks by accepting and completing difficult legislative assignments with distinction. George was a member of the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church and he was proud of his Armenian heritage. He was called to Armenia during its critical formative period to assist in the formulation of a democratic constitution. George instituted the annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at the State House. After an unsuccessful run for State Treasurer in 1991, he devoted the balance of his life in service to his City of Everett and its constituents. George was humbled and honored to have the very school he attended in his childhood rededicated as the GEORGE KEVERIAN SCHOOL. George passed on March 6, 2009. His entire adult life was devoted to ease the burdens of countless numbers of his constituents. George built a bridge of service for humanity. He had faith in his country and his felon man. His dedication to others and his core values are an inspiration to us all.

George Keverian Public Service Scholarship

Mission Statement: To preserve the memory of George Keverian by recognizing the contribution of individuals who have made or have viable plans in the field of Public Service and/or to advance the principles of Democracy.

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