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PELEKOUDAS, Constantine G. known as Connie, a long-time professor of economics and administrator at Antioch College, died on October 4 at the Friends Care Center, Yellow Springs, of complications resulting from Parkinson's. He was eighty-one. He was born in Chicago in 1932 to George and Georgiana Pelekoudas, one of 16 children. Connie attended the University of Illinois at Navy Pier, served in the U.S. Army for two years, and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana, majoring in math. He entered graduate school at Urbana where he took an M.A. in economics in 1962. In 1962 Connie joined the Antioch faculty as part of the economics department. He held numerous "interim" administrative appointments at Antioch where he was called in to solve an administrative problem or fill in for someone who was fired or had resigned. He was a respected troubleshooter because faculty knew he had both their interests and the long-term interests of the institution at heart. He retired from Antioch in June, 1995. Connie became interested and active in Democratic politics while in college and continued that activity throughout his life, in the Democratic Men's Club in Clark County and as a supporter of many Democratic candidates in Clark and Greene counties. He was elected to the Mad River Green (Greenon) School Board in 1981 and in 1985. A lifelong baseball fan, he coached Little League in Enon and baseball teams in Hustead, encouraging young people to develop individual skills while accepting the discipline of being part of a team. After retirement, Connie served as treasurer of the Yellow Springs Senior Center and led a successful campaign to establish an endowment. He served on the board of The Antioch Review for twenty years and helped guide it through difficult periods when various administrators threatened its very existence. He is survived by his wife, Lois; by daughter, Elise Click; grandchildren Michelle and Kyle Click; brothers Perry (Charlean), Orland Park IL, and William (Vera), Pinehurst, NC; sisters Mary Tyrell, Minneapolis, MN. Ann (Charles) Swartz, Chicago Heights, IL, and Stella Stamatelos, Des Moines, IA. And numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son Alex; brothers Chris, Leo, and John; and sisters Tessie Striggles, Pearl Lampros, Esther Stratton, Bertha Noble, and Angelina Silosky. Funeral services will be held in Bethel Lutheran Church, 2731 W. Jackson Rd, Springfield 45502 at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 10. A gathering of friends and family will take place at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Burial will be in Glen Forest Cemetery, Yellow Springs. The family requests no flowers. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to The Antioch Review, P.O. Box 148, Yellow Springs, OH 45387; Oesterlin Services for Youth, 1918 Mechanicsburg Road, Springfield, OH 45503; or to a . You express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com


Published in Springfield News-Sun on Oct. 8, 2013
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