August 7, 2012
Novo-Diveevo, NY: Holy
Dormition Convent’s Longtime Choir Director Boris I. Mitrohin
reposed in the Lord
Tuesday, August 7, at the age of 93, the former longtime choir
director of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY,
Boris I. Mitrohin, reposed in the Lord.
Boris I. Mitrohin was born in the former
Russian Empire on March 23, 1919. He left the Soviet Union in his
youth, moving to Belgrade, where he graduated university with a
degree in mathematics. After moving to the United States, he taught
mathematics for many years at a local college.
Mitrohin never studied to be a choir
director, but fate forced him to take charge of the monastery choir
in 1973, when the then choir director fell ill and reposed.
Mitrohin, at the request of Bishop Andrei of Rockland, agreed to
temporarily fill the role of choir director. He would serve in the
trying role of choir director for almost 30 years. According to
those who knew him, his work with the choir was inspired by the
words of Bishop Andrei: "This place is home to a cemetery. People
come here with sorrow in their hearts. Wipe away their tears."
Mitrohin’s first wife, Elena, reposed in
1990. Several years after her death, he married his second wife,
Mitrohin was greatly loved and respected
both by parishioners and by his fellow faculty members and students.
In the words of Matushka Maria Fedorowski, "He worked in New York
City as an architect, but he taught math. He was a wonderful
professor. Despite his growing weakness, he continued teaching at a
local college, where his wife would drive him. His students gave him
amazing marks, it was really something. They truly respected him,
and when he retired, the college didn’t want to lose him."
Funeral services will be held at the
Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" on August 9 at 11:00 AM.
Photographs of the Kursk Icon visiting B. Mitrohin on January 16,
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese