By Gabriella Gage
BOSTON — Meg Kassakian Connolly, is more than just the wife of Boston mayoral hopeful, John R. Connolly; she is a clinical psychologist with a passion for issues of mental health and immigration. She is a Harvard graduate and a soccer champ. She is a mother of three. She is also an Armenian-American with a deep appreciation for her family’s heritage.
Connolly grew up in Newton, attending public schools, before going on to Harvard University, where she studied sociology and captained the soccer team.
She has fond memories celebrating holidays with delicious Armenian food and spending time with her paternal grandmother, Mary Kassakian (maiden name Kondrajian,) who instilled in her an appreciation for her Armenian heritage and for the gift of family.
The Kondrajians arrived at Ellis Island from Sivas in 1910, narrowly missing the Genocide, amid the escalating climate of fear — a blessing that her grandmother did not fail to appreciate.