John Armenia

Passed away on August 28, 2010

John William Armenia, PhD (7/13/38-8/28/10) Born July 13, 1938 in Spokane to Rosemary and John A. Armenia; John died August 28, 2010 in Bellevue, WA. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Brenda; sister Diane Wolfe-Lurus of Spokane; 6 sister-in-laws, 3 brother-in-laws, many nieces and nephews, and several godchildren. John grew up in Spokane graduating from Gonzaga Prep and Gonzaga University where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degree. In 1984 he received Gonzaga University’s Alumni Merit Award. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from WSU in 1978.

John had a long and distinguished career in education as a teacher, administrator, and professor. He was passionate about teaching and learning, and mentoring other educators. Upon his retirement as director of City University of Seattle’s Educational Leadership Program in 2008 he was awarded the title of Faculty Emeritus. He served as President of the Washington State Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa from 2004-2009 and in May was elected to the board of directors of PDK International.

John worked to provide service to others in the larger community through his active membership in Rotary International. From 1983-2006, he was a member of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. In 2006 he joined the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club.

John had a positive influence on the lives of many people who will miss him greatly. One of his personal life goals was to make a difference which he truly did through his many contributions. He was a special person who lived life to the fullest, accomplished a great deal and earned his place in Heaven.

A Funeral Mass celebrating John’s life will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 9460 NE 14th St, Bellevue on Thursday, September 9 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Dr. John Armenia Scholarship Fund at City University of Seattle, 11900 NE First St. Bellevue, WA 98005. Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Bellevue, WA.


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Jo Ellen McGrath

October 1, 2010

Dear Brenda,
I was so saddened to hear of John's passing. What an incredible man. His influence an dimpact has changed thousands of lives and will continue to be felt for a long time. It was an honor to know him. I pray for strength and peace for you in this time of loss.

Craig Shurick

September 15, 2010

Honor and a priviledge to have known and worked with John. His vision, fierce dedication to a purpose larger than himself ("quality education for all students") and his tenacity to follow through were all memories we have of John.

Craig and Michelle Shurick

September 12, 2010


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have such respect and admiration for John and all he has done to better the education of our nation's children. We also have appreciated the extra efforts he always took to assist and support us both personally and professionally.

Jim Huge and Judy Margrath-Huge (Seattle, WA)

Dave Trochim

September 9, 2010

John was a great friend and mentor. He did so much for education during his career. May God welcome him into His Kingdom.
Dave Trochim

Nancy Angello

September 8, 2010

Dear Brenda,
Many fond memories of John come to mind when we were graduate students together.
He always cared about both people and ideas, a truly special gift. We will miss him.

Barbara Casey

September 8, 2010

Dr. Armenia was a consummate educational advocate for his students, staff, colleagues and community partnerships. As a Professor at City U, educational partner with SPS or a voice of experience on an OSPI committee, Dr. Armenia shared his research, passion and relevancy of education and life in conversations, shared expertise and seasoned council. I will miss his quietness in those conversations when his answer was in the silence of the moment and my answer was dropping off the cliff of my response. He taught me that articulation of response was not always the answer needed or requested. What I learned from him was that some responses needed quiet time to process and percolate into reasoned articulation. He was a teacher and I was a student of his wisdom and inspiration as an educator and advocate. I will miss what was and the conversations that now sit in the quietness of his memory. Thank you Dr. Armenia for everything....
Dr. Barbara L. Casey -SPS Systemic Intervention
Kirkland, Washington

Gene Sharratt

September 8, 2010

Brenda: John was a dream maker for others. He was always the first to offer his support and encouragement. He believed in others, in turn, we believed in ourselves. A great smile, a happy heart and a great friend. He will be greatly missed. Gene Sharratt

Deenie Berry

September 7, 2010

John was a huge advocate for his students, past and present. I was in the 2001 cohort at City U and truly appreciated all that John did to support my growth as a principal. The last e-mail communication I received from John was on the Saturday he passed away. He was advocating for me to teach at City U. It was my honor to have known John, a truly inspirational leader. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Deenie Berry

Brian Kirkhope

September 7, 2010

Brenda: I am one among many people that was positively impacted by John. I met John through Rotary in 1996 and we worked together on a few District projects. I was pleased to share a meal with him at Bellevue Breakfast a couple of years ago. I truly appreciated his friendship and I will keep him in my thoughts. My condolences to you and the rest of the family.

Dan Hammes

September 6, 2010

Thank you for sharing John with us at City University. He has been a great friend and inspirational leader to many of us. His commitment to excellence was very evident in everything he did.
His service to others has been very evident in his commitment to Rotary locally and internationally.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Dan Hammes
Teaching Faculty - City University