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Zaroogian remembered

In honor of Paul Zaroogian, the former director of dining services who passed away last week, the American flag on the HWS campus will be flown at half-mast on Monday, Nov. 1, the day his funeral will be held at St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Geneva.

Below is a letter sent to the campus community from Colleges’ President Mark D. Gearan on Friday. 

Dear Colleagues,

I am saddened to report the passing of Paul Zaroogian, a longtime member of the Hobart and William Smith community who retired two years ago.

Last night, Paul passed away after an extended illness. A kind-hearted and ethical manager, Paul served as the director of dining services at Saga for more than 30 years. For many of those years, it was Paul’s voice on “menu phone” that reported to students the menu offerings of the day.

I am proud to have known Paul and to have witnessed his selfless dedication to HWS and to our students.  In keeping the community central to his daily tasks, he was instrumental in the creation and continued high standards of Saga.

After rising to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army, he joined the Saga Corporation at Boston College in 1969 hoping to raise money for graduate school. Instead, he got hooked on the company’s ethic of service and family atmosphere and made food service his career. He served as HWS Dining Services under the banner of three companies-Saga, Marriott and Sodexo-and always ensured quality dining for the HWS community. 

Calling hours will be held at Palmisano’s Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 – 8 p.m.  The funeral will be held on Monday, 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Geneva.  Following the funeral services, the Common Room will be closed for a reception for family and friends.  Members of the faculty and staff are invited to attend the luncheon reception.  Donations may be made in Paul’s name to the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Scholarship Fund.


Mark Gearan