HARRY GEORGE COSTIS

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    - Don and Priscilla Stengel
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    - Marilyn Martino
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    - Rich Nino

"I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free." (Nikos Kazantzakis) Dr. Costis fought a courageous bout with Valley Fever following the tragic death of his beloved son, Alexander, in 2009. Born to Stamoula and George Costis, on the Greek Island of Lefkas, he endured occupations and civil war, which delayed his education. After completing his studies in Athens by working and attending evening classes, he served in the Greek Navy and was accepted at the prestigious Athens Economics University due to his exceptional dedication and scholarship. Upon completion of his degree, he received a Rotary grant to the University of Georgia. As a doctoral candidate in International Economics and Statistics at the University of Texas, in Austin, he met his future wife, Paula, who shared his lifelong passion for philosophy, literature and justice. Following a professorship at Saint Mary's University in Texas and VPI in Virginia, he accepted a position with California State University, Fresno, and moved to Fresno with Paula and their two children, Athena and Alexander, in 1967. Dr. Costis taught at Fresno State for 34 years, where he served as ISDS Department chair and published Statistics for Business. He was a Ph.D advisor to the University of Nigeria; visiting professor at Athens Economics University; president of the Fresno Greek Community; American Statistical Society president; Greek School Director; and Democratic Central Committee member. After retiring, he published his seminal book, The Greek Philosophers, and lectured at the Elderhostel in Dunlap, Ca. His love of philosophy, art and architecture culminated in building a replica of the Athenian Parthenon on a bluff overlooking the San Joaquin River. The compassion, wisdom and character imparted to those fortunate enough to have known this remarkable man set a standard of achievement, decency and justice that remains as an enduring legacy. LUMINOUS You have always been a mentor Even though most unaware Of all the lives now altered By your respectful care. You have always been a mentor Never seeking to be known Yet all your acts of kindness In others have been sown. You have always been a mentor With a table set to share The fruits of all your labor And the love you had to spare. He is preceded in death by his son Alexander; and brother Vangelis. He is survived by his wife Paula; daughter Athena; grandsons, Nikos, Cole and Jesse; son-in law, Ron Dalton; brothers, Panos, Kostas and Spiros; and sister Aphrodite. His ashes will sail with the Four Winds: Tramontana, Ostro, Levante and Ponente. A Spring Celebration of Life will be held at the "Parthenon." Remembrances may be made to Doctors Without Borders at www.doctorswithoutborders.org Yost & Webb Funeral Home, 1002 T Street, Fresno, California (559)237-4147
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 29, 2013
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