Olivia Vlahos

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Vlahos, Olivia
Olivia Vlahos, bestselling author, professor, loving wife of Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, John Vlahos, and long-time resident of Westport, CT passed quietly in her home on August 26th, 2015. A proud mother, Olivia is survived by her three children, Michael, Melissa, and Stephanie.
From a young age, Olivia exhibited a flare for the stage, touring Texas as a young actress with Interstate Players. She, later, attended the University of Texas Houston where she wrote and performed in shows for the USO and, under the tutelage of renowned anthropologist Gilbert McAllister, discovered her love of anthropology. She received her Masters from Sarah Lawrence College where the eminent mythologist Joseph Campbell became a life-long mentor and friend. A professor of anthropology and sociology at Norwalk Community College, Olivia spearheaded the creation of a certificate program in archaeology that has trained hundreds of avocational and professional archaeologists. In 1991, an annual scholarship was established at the college in her name. The author of several books and numerous articles on social and cultural topics, a bestseller, "Body: the Ultimate Symbol."
A leader in her college community and a dynamic teacher, Olivia's gifts as a communicator took "stage" by blending the magic of the theatre with the thrill of learning, transporting her students to faraway places and long-ago times. The legacy of Olivia's achievements, her impact as an inspired teacher, and her personable elegance will linger in the hearts and minds of those who knew her.
Donations can be made to: The Olivia Vlahos Scholarship Fund, Norwalk Community College Archaeology Club
188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT.06854
A memorial service will be held in the Sanctuary of the Unitarian Church of Westport at 2 pm, October 24th, 2015.


Published in Westport News from Oct. 6 to Oct. 9, 2015
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