Margaret Ellen Telian

Margaret Ellen Telian, age 97, of Houghton Circle in Corning, NY died Sunday, July 3, 2005 at home.

She was born on December 14, 1907 in Stillwater, NY to Magnus and Jennie Marie (Nelson) Anderson. She was graduated from Jamestown High School, Otterbein College, and Syracuse University. Margaret had been the Dean of Women at Otterbein College and the Head of the Guidance Department for the Jamestown High School. She married Armen Telian in 1945 in Stillwater, NY, and was preceded in death by him in 1985. Margaret taught History at Northside High School and Social Studies for West High School.

She was listed in Whos Who Among American Women as the youngest Dean in 1938, named by President Roosevelt to Selective Service Board of Chatauqua County during World War II, named by Governor Harriman as a Delegate to The White House Conference on Education, the 1971 Skjold West High Yearbook was dedicated to her for her retirement in 1971. In 1991 was named as Retired Teacher of the Year by the NY State Retired Teachers Assocaition, and was presented with the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award by Dr. Amman, the President of Corning Commmunity College, for her part in the establishment of the college in 1957.

She was an acitve member of the First Presbyterian Church in Corning, the Retired Teachers Association (President in 1972), Corning branch of the American Association of University Women (President in 1952), Delta kappa Gamma, Pi Lambda Theta, PEO, Corning Free Academy PTA President, and organized the PTA Council of Corning, a fifty year member of the Clionian Literary Club, and the Advisory Board of the Corning Salvation Army, and an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army.

She is survived by her son Gary (Marsha) Telian of Sidney, NY; step daughter-in-law, Virginia Telian of Davenport, Iowa; step daughter, Teresa Anderson of Jamestown; step daughter, Mary Ellen Tuthill of Marcellus, NY; step son, Milan (Joan) Telian of San Jose, CA; step son, Levon (Grace) Telian of Delhi, NY; two grandsons, Richard Telian of Pulaski and Jeffrey Telian of Corning; several step grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers Richard and William Anderson, and by a step sons, Vartan and Harry Telian.

Friends may call on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 from 6 until 8 PM at Phillips Funeral Home 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 10:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 E. First Street in Corning with Rev. Theodore R. Richards officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Telian Endowment Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 1 E. First Street, Corning, NY 14830, or to the Corning Salvation Army, 32 Denison Parkway East, Corning, NY 14830.