Entered By: QI Staff
June 5, 2013
Sally Pahigian — QI of Lawrence, Massachusetts
Date of Passing: May 23, 2013
Past International President Sally L. Pahigian Passes Away
Quota International mourns the death of Past International President Sally L. Pahigian, who passed away peacefully on May 23, 2013, at Academy Manor Nursing Center in Andover, Massachusetts. She was 95 years old. Sally served as International President from 1980-1981. Her presidential theme was “Leadership in Action.”
Sally was born on April 7, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Lazarus and Arshalous (DerBogosian) Pahigian, and was a graduate of Lawrence High School’s class of 1936. Professionally, Sally was employed for over 50 years as the office manager with West St. Motors, and later with McAndrew Pontiac, both formerly in Lawrence.
Sally first joined Quota in 1958, encouraged by her boss. A 1998 feature on Sally in Andover’s Sunday Eagle-Tribune, said “Quota gave her courage to speak….She accepted the invitation [to join] and began to test her new wings. She even managed to fulfill a requirement and gave her first speech at a meeting… ‘It gave me self-confidence, something I never had,’ she said. ‘I blossomed.’”
She blossomed, indeed, to Quota’s advantage. Sally was very active in the Lawrence Quota club, and in 1968 she became club president. After serving in 29th District and East Area leadership roles in the 1970s, she was elected International President at the first Australian convention in Quota’s history, held in 1980 in Sydney, New South Wales. During her presidency, Quota’s Shatter Silence program was a strong focal point of Quota service, and the implementation of Quota’s drive to provide closed captioning for television was in full swing. Sally represented Quota International at the White House in 1981, at a tea for leaders of service clubs with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Egypt President Anwar Sadat.
In her 1980 installation address, Sally called on Quotarians to commit to four kinds of active leadership: growing, serving, understanding, and fostering goodwill. “Four ‘ing’ words—all active, not passive verbs,” she said. She added, “Let us consider ‘growing’ and ‘serving’ together, because they depend on each other.”
Funeral services were held in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Sally is survived by her nephew, her niece, great nieces and nephews, and several great-great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother.