The Rev. Dr. Paul Sprower Koumrian, Class of 1967, died peacefully at St. Clare’s Home on January 25, 2018 in Newport, RI at the age of 79.
Koumrian is survived by his son Timothy, daughter-in-law Shane, grandchildren Peter and Julia of Sunapee, NH, and former wife Elizabeth Lowell of New London, NH. He is also survived by his sister Carolyn Whitman of Southport, CT and Deborah, Corey, Paul, Candace and Charles Whitman, his nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Movses and Dorothy Koumrian of Forest Hills, NY and his oldest sister Jeanne Roe, also of Forest Hills, NY.
Koumrian was born on April 2, 1938 in Forest Hills, NY. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1959 and completed his formal education at General in 1967. He spent 40+ years proudly serving Episcopal congregations through parish ministry, possessing a love and talent for children's storytelling in that venue (serving the Dioceses of Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and most recently, Rhode Island). Personally, he found his passion in jazz music and on the theater stage.
A funeral is scheduled for 11:00 AM Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, RI, with a reception to follow. The Rev. Canon Anne Marie Richards and the Rev. Alan Neale will officiate the ceremony alongside the Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely, Bishop of Rhode Island, and other distinguished clergy. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Paul's life. In lieu of flowers, as a life-long lover of dogs, Paul has asked for donations to be made on his behalf to Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, 110 Chapin Rd, Hudson, MA 01749 or by calling (978) 568-9700.