Alice A. Tashjian

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A memorial service for Alice A. Tashjian will be held Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at St. Sahag Armenian Church on 203 N Howell St., in St Paul. There will be church service at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and a memorial fellowship at 1 p.m.

After a full life, Alice passed away on her 92nd birthday Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in St. Paul.

Her parents, husband of 62 years and two brothers preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, Joseph (Kay) in St. Paul; Edward (Dawn) in Hickory, N.C.; and Christopher (Barbara) in River Falls, Wis; and daughter, Francine (Tim Lundgren) also in St. Paul. She leaves behind 11 grandchildren and many friends.

Alice was born in 1922 in Binghamton, N.Y. She moved to Rochester in 1959 when IBM transferred her husband, Harry J. Tashjian. She raised her family in Rochester and always considered it her home. Her ashes will be mixed with her husbands' and will reside in a columbarium at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

She taught English literature, mythology, Minnesota folklore and pioneered feminine perspectives, the precursor to women's studies at Rochester Community College. Later in life, she endowed scholarships awarded to female students who might have had to postpone higher education after high school and have faced challenges in maintaining a traditional education path due to war and family poverty issues.

Her years in Rochester were among her happiest. She had many friends and was involved in numerous clubs and activities. Her unbounded energy, contagious smile, and giant personality lit up every room she entered. She was an avid gardener and lover of all living things. As her legacy, she has endowed the Tashjian Bee Discovery Center at the Arboretum at the University of Minnesota. All her life, she had been the voice of the underdog and the disenfranchised, and when she learned of the plight of the honeybee, she became its strongest supporter.

In lieu of flowers at her memorial service, she requested that contributions be made to the Bee Discovery Center so that the world would have flowers in perpetuity.

Published in The Post-Bulletin on Feb. 3, 2014
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