Cathy Parthemos-Paraschi

Alumna Profiled: Cathy Parthemos-Paraschi
Graduated: PIERCE ‘73
Lives in: Athens, Greece
Current Position: Member of the Board of Directors of the new Acropolis Museum

“Non Ministrari Sed Ministrare.”

CATHY PARTHEMOS-PARASCHI was born to Greek parents in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. She graduated from PIERCE – The American College of Greece (1973) and received her Diploma in Architecture from NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) in1980. From 1997 to 2007, she voluntarily offered her professional services as an architect at the Parthenon Restoration Project.

During 2007-2008, she was appointed by the Ministry of Culture of Greece, as chief coordinator for the Restoration Project of the Archaeological site of Ancient Olympia due to the wildfires.

She is continually working in the field of communication, towards the international projection of Ancient Greek civilization, and participated in many exhibitions (Benaki Museum, Pergamon Museum, etc.). She also participated in the production of media documentaries for BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, History Channel, etc. while in 2009-2010 she was the pre-production manager of the cultural radio series for SKAI radio station.

As of 2009, she is Member of the Board of Directors of the new Acropolis Museum.


Q.: What are three enduring lessons you learned during your studies at PIERCE?

  • Teamwork: Cooperation
  • Respect the opinion of others
  • Appreciation of the knowledge we acquired

Q.: Describe PIERCE in three words.

Principles- Educational- Advanced

Q.: One of your favorite PIERCE memories?

Our teamwork for Bazaars and events.

Q.: What do you miss most from your days at PIERCE?

Our wonderful teenage years living in PIERCE.

Q.: Where was your favorite spot on campus?

The Gym

Q.: Who was your favorite teacher and why?

Mr. Kremos (Chemistry) with his wonderful, magical experiments!

Q.: Have you kept in touch with any of your classmates?

With many – we are like sisters!

Q.: Did having studied at PIERCE help you during your university studies and beyond?

Definitely! Not only during my university studies, but also later in my life, with the principles and the tools that PIERCE equipped me.

Q.: What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Responsibility and Respect.

Q.: What (or who) inspires you most?

My mother-a young widow- as a remarkable person with solid principles and love, who gave my sister and me the opportunity of studying at PIERCE and becoming the persons we are today.

Q.: Your motto in life?

Non Ministrari Sed Ministrare.

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