BELMONT, Mass.—The late Dr. Elizabeth “Betty” Gregory will be remembered in a memorial concert on Sun., April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Armenian Cultural Foundation (ACF), 441 Mystic St. in Arlington. The event is organized by family and friends as well as the Friends of Armenian Culture Society (FACS) and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), two of the area institutions with which Dr. Gregory held leadership roles over the last four decades.
Betty Gregory, who passed away in October 2012, was a dedicated pediatrician with more than 40 years of practice in Arlington, where she lived. As an active community leader, she supported many Armenian cultural and philanthropic causes. She was a founding member of NAASR, and a Board member of the Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association, the National Center for Genocide Studies, and FACS. She was the recipient of many civic honors, including the Humanitarian Award from her alma mater, Bates College, the Boston University School of Medicine, and the Arlington Board of Selectmen. Michael Dukakis, a former governor of Massachusetts, proclaimed April 9, 1989, as “Elizabeth Gregory Day” in recognition of her 43 years of pediatric practice in the Greater Boston Area.
Participating artists for the April 7 event are pianists Mariam Nazarian and Ani Hovsepian, violin prodigy Haig Hovsepian and tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan, and mezzo-soprano Victoria Avetisyan. In a tribute to Gregory’s eclectic and varied taste in music, they will offer a program ranging from Bach and Sayat Nova to Chopin. A reception will follow the program.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.