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By Costantino Spinosa

ImagePortrait of Arthur Goerlich, Davis Library Archives and Special Collections, St. John’s University.

Arthur Cyrus Goerlich was born in Manhattan in 1894. Following his graduation from Columbia College in 1916 Goerlich was deployed to France where he served as an artillery man in World War I and received a purple heart for his service. Upon his return to the United States in 1917 Goerlich began his professional career as the assistant educational director of the Bronx Y.M.C.A. During the 1920s Goerlich served as a professor of immigrant studies at Hunter College. In 1938 he was chosen as the educational director of the Insurance Society of New York, a position which he held for over two decades.

In 1962 Goerlich helped to found the College of Insurance and would serve as the college’s president for two years until his retirement in 1964. In 1973 he was granted an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the College of Insurance. He passed away on April 6th, 1975 at his home in Sharon, Connecticut at the age of 81. Goerlich is best remembered for his contributions to the advancement of education in insurance and has been widely recognized by his students and colleagues as an intelligent and amiable educator. Below is a phonetic which appears to have been written by students or colleagues from the College of Insurance. 

The Arthur Cyrus Goerlich Papers are now available for research at the Davis Library at St. John’s University. For more information, visit our website here.

ImageArthur Goerlic Phonetic, Davis Library Archives and Special Collections, St. John’s University.

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