By Mitch Kehetian
DETROIT — Susan Kadian Gopigian was born and raised in Delray, a sprawling “neighborhood” of European immigrants with a large Armenian community. It was the new home for Armenians who survived the Armenian Genocide and the forced marches through Der Zor.
When asked what motivated her to dedicating a lifetime at writing and collecting an image of Armenian folklore and culture published this year in a 207-page hardcover masterpiece accurately titled Armenian Proverbs and Expressions smiled “my love for being an Armenian.”
And encouraged with the love of her late husband, Archie Gopigian, who supported her lifetime at fulfilling a project that came to life in Delray.
Kadi Kadian Gopigian an spent the 60 years collecting the Armenian proverbs starting in her early childhood and continued as a student at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Many of the proverbs heard on the porches of Cottrell, Harrington, Gould and Solvay streets. It was no easy project, but expressed the folklore history of Armenia and it was a child’s wish.
Why would an academically-talented Detroit public school teacher dedicate nearly a lifetime to a project that grew from its roots in Delray?