Fortunee Kurkjian, 95, homemakerFortunee Kurkjian, a...

November 01, 1998

Fortunee Kurkjian, 95, homemaker

Fortunee Kurkjian, a longtime Baltimore-area resident who had escaped Turkey's massacre of Armenians during World War I, died of heart failure Oct. 25 at Dulaney-Towson Health Care Center. She was 95.

Mrs. Kurkjian, a homemaker, and her husband, Dr. Leon Kurkjian, both Armenians, had just married when the massacre forced them to flee their home in Adana, Turkey, in 1921. They moved to Iraq, where Dr. Kurkjian worked for the Iraqi government until his death in Baghdad in 1950.

After a military coup deposed the Iraqi monarchy in 1958, Mrs. Kurkjian -- a fluent speaker of Armenian, Turkish, Arabic and French -- left for the United States to live with her daughter in North Baltimore. She had lived at the Towson nursing center since 1996.

She is survived by her daughter, Sita Smith of Baltimore; two sons, Hrand Kurkjian of Burke, Va., and Ara Kurkjian, of San Diego; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Kate Chew Robinson, 90, elementary school teacher

Kate Chew Robinson, a former teacher at elementary schools in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and wife of a longtime Methodist church pastor, died Thursday of pneumonia at the Wesley Home in Mount Washington. She was 90.

A native of Owensville in Anne Arundel, the former Kate Chew was a 1926 graduate of the old Tracey's Landing High School and earned her teaching certificate at the old Towson State Normal School.

She taught in Annapolis, Brooklyn Park and Owensville from 1928 until she married Charles Murray Robinson in 1935, and taught again in Cockeysville during the 1950s.

Mrs. Robinson devoted much of her time to her family and assisting her husband in the ministry from 1935 until his death in 1970 at churches in Urbana, Monkton, New Windsor, Riderwood, Gardenville, Randallstown and Jarrettsville.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church, 1901 W. Joppa Road, Towson.

Surviving are two daughters, Penelope Robinson Power of Baltimore and Augusta Murray Reisberg of Union Mills; a son, Harry Chew Robinson of San Francisco; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub date 11/1/98

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