Arline Gertzoff Memorial Award
November 16, 2022
Arline Gertzoff was a Westporter and truly a citizen of the world. Prior to Westport, she taught in Belgium for 26 years with a specialty in 20th and 19th century history. She is remembered as a true daughter of Westport, a dedicated, tireless volunteer for many organizations that contribute to the town’s vibrancy. Arline was a proud graduate from the Class of 1964 and was active in Staples Players and SSTS, the backstage crew, during her time there. She was head of costumes for several productions and SSTS President as a senior. Arline earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University in history and education. She was a longtime jUNe Day hospitality chair, poll worker, and RTM member. Arline was a proud Democrat and a champion of democracy and international understanding. In her 25 years as hospitality chair for Westport’s jUNe Day, she promoted world peace through friendly interaction between UN visitors and their local hosts.
Arline enjoyed people, the arts, travel, good food and wine, and Belgian chocolate. Her favorite place in Westport was Burying Hill Beach. Students and friends from around the world stayed in touch with her over the years. But, most importantly, she loved Westport and took great pride in its history and contributions. She was filled with local lore and stories about Westport. Arline created a family of friends and admirers and imbued her friendships with insight, wit, and love.