December 03, 2019

Alliance Mourns the Death of George J. Kourpias

“Founding President Set the Course for Activism and Growth”

Washington, DC – Members of the Alliance for Retired Americans are joined together in mourning the passing of George J. Kourpias, the beloved founding President of the Alliance.  He died on Monday, December 2 at age 87.

“Our condolences go out to his wonderful family who meant so much to him, and to all of the retirees and union members who benefited from his lifetime of work on their behalf,” said Robert Roach, Jr., current Alliance president. “George was a great friend and mentor to me personally for decades. He showed me what it meant to successfully represent union members.”

“Countless retirees and union members are leading better lives today because of the life and work of George Kourpias,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance. “His dedication to retirees came straight from the heart. He was an inspirational leader driven by his warmth and passion to make America a place where everyone regardless of background had the opportunity to work and retire with dignity.”

Under Kourpias’s leadership from 2001 to 2009, the Alliance for Retired Americans became a national grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for its members and all older Americans. From organizing bus trips to Canada to demonstrate outrageous U.S. drug prices to fighting greedy Social Security and Medicare privatization schemes to electing pro-retiree candidates, he never wavered in his belief that the American people have the power to create a more just society.

Prior to becoming Alliance president in 2001, he served as president of the National Council of Senior Citizens. A member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 67 years, Mr. Kourpias served eight years as its international president from 1989 to 1997.

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Contact: David Blank – dblank@retiredamericans.org

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