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Emilia (Sarriugarte) Doyaga, well-known Basque-American passes away in New York at the age of 94


Emilia (Sarriugarte) Doyaga, in a photo from her youth (arg. AMA)
Emilia (Sarriugarte) Doyaga, in a photo from her youth (arg. AMA)


Donostia-San Sebastián. We received sad news this morning from New York, that Emilia (Sarriugarte) Doyaga passed away yesterday at the age of 94.  Emilia (Sarriugarte) Doyaga is part of the history of the Eusko Etxea in New York and its Basque community, as well as that of the United States and the Diaspora.  She was born in Brooklyn on September 8, 1925, and was one of the last members of a generation that was born in New York with Euskera as her mother tongue.

She was a woman who served as a professor and administrator in the world of academia, and that she was a committed Basque-American.  Besides being a member of Eusko Etxea of New York her entire life, she was also a great supporter and fighter for an International Basque Cultural Center in New York.

She leaves behind two sons, David and Mark, 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  We extend our most sincere condolences to all of them, as well as to her relative Anna Mari Aguirre, who worked tirelessly at Emilia’s side in initiatives such as the Society of Basque Studies in America, as well as the BICC,

Her wake will be on, Friday February 14, 2020 from 3-8pm at,

Dahill Funeral Home
2525 65th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11204

Her Funeral will be Saturday February 15, 2020 at 11:30 am at,

St. John Cemetery
80-01 Metropolitan Avenue,
Middle Village, NY 11379

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  • Emilia Doyaga R.I.P.

    Mrs Doyaga was my Spanish teacher in Abraham Lincoln HS in 1961. Wonderful lady

    Philip Freedenberg (McLean VA), 04/24/2020 19:50

  • Emilia Doyaga

    Emilia Doyaga was a colleague and friend for many years. She joined me and others at various programs and events throughout the U.S. I particularly enjoyed collaborating with her when I was the editor of "The Journal of the Society of Basque Studies in America."

    Leonard Bloom

    Leonard Bloom (Sarasota), 02/14/2020 21:04

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