In Memory of Arthur Stavrinaky
Arthur Stavrinaky, of Yuasa, Wakayama, passed away on 15th January, 2014, at the age of 74. Vladimir (Arthur) Stavrinaky was born on 17th July, 1939, to a Russian father and Greek mother in Port Arthur, present-day Lushunkou, which is part of Dalian municipality in People’s Republic of China.
He joined the faculty of SJC in 1965 as a French teacher, as well as, the Choir and Glee Club moderator, and continued until SJIS closed in 2000. In addition to being a concert pianist, Arthur spoke fluently five languages and was conversant in several others. He was well known for his involvement in speech, drama and musical productions. His teaching tenure of 35 years at SJC/SJIS was the longest of any lay faculty member. Upon closure of SJIS, he joined Keio High School staff as a language instructor where he worked until his retirement in 2012.
Within 4 months of relocating to Yuasa, Wakayama in the same year, Arthur collapsed in his home from a brain and myocardial infraction. He was subsequently admitted to a local retirement house in Yuasa and was in and out of the hospital until his death. On 3rd January, 2014, he became unconscious and remained in critical condition until his passing on 15th January, 2014. Arthur was cremated and his ashes were interred at Mushokoin in Koyasan (in Wakayama prefecture) in keeping with his personal wishes.
Written by Moto Tomita
Class of ’82
Vice President of Internal Relations
SJIS Alumni Association