Evangelos B. Polakis, M.D.
February 14, 1926 - October 7, 2013
Dr. Evangelos B. Polakis passed away peacefully in his home after a long illness.
Born on the Greek island of Crete, Evangelos spent his youth in Crete and in Athens, where he graduated from Athens Medical School. Through a Fulbright Scholarship, he started his medical training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and continued in New York and Los Angeles, specializing in General and Vascular Surgery. In 1965, he moved to Modesto, California where he began his private medical practice and became a recognized staff surgeon at Modesto City Hospital, Doctors Medical Center and Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the International College of Surgeons, the Royal Society of Medicine, the American College of Angiology, the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Evangelos was also named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International and belonged to both the Pancretan Association of America and AHEPA. Throughout his long career but especially after his retirement, Evangelos proudly volunteered his time and medical expertise to both his native village close to Rethymno, Crete and in Athens, where he was among the founders of Hygeia Hospital and Diagnostic Center.
Evangelos loved music and books, especially of history and politics. He was a devout Christian who considered his faith in God his most precious attribute. He was also an avid gardener who always gave flowers, plants and trees the tender care all living things are due. He was defined by his generosity, his loyalty to his friends, family and his adopted country of the United States, and his compassion, which always led him to help everyone in any way he could. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Youla and their five children, Jerry, Maria (Ilias), Vicky (Kostas), Anastasia (Bryan), and Ersi; three grandchildren (Athena, Aggelos and Antonis); a sister and several cousins, nieces and nephews in Greece.
Trisagion Services will be on October 15th at 7:00 pm at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Funeral Services will take place on October 16th at 10:00 am at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Arrangements are made by Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate donations to St. Luke's Family Practice at 1700 McHenry Village Way, Ste 2, Modesto, California 95350 or to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation at 313 Tokay Ave, PO Box 578128, Modesto, California, 95357.
Published in the Modesto Bee from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15, 2013