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John Peter Felopulos

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BOSTON -- John Peter Felopulos, a native of Bennington, Vt., and a founding partner of the Boston law firm of Callas, Felopulos & Ditelberg, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at his home in Waban. He was 85.

Mr. Felopulos was known as an avid collector of antiques and a doting grandfather. A graduate of the University of Vermont, he interrupted his college years to serve as an infantry lieutenant in World War II, serving in the European theater of operations. Following his military service, he completed his A.B. and earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Prior to starting the law firm bearing his name in 1967, he spent 15 years as a solo practitioner serving as counsel to investment companies, and also was engaged in real estate and probate work He retired in 2005.

An acclaimed expert in commercial transactions, he was a member of the Court of International Trade, and prior to the fall of the Shah, he made several trips to Iran on behalf of Persian clients with banking, manufacturing and real estate interests. Known for his elegant attire and courtly manner, he also represented clients in Greece and Korea.

Mr. Felopulos grew up in Bennington, where his parents, both Greek immigrants, owned a grocery store. Fiercely proud of his ethnic roots, he was a descendant of John Theofelopulos, a naval war hero during the Greek war with the Ottoman empire.

Known for his ability to quote freely from Shakespeare, Shelley and Aristotle, and his love of fine food and wine, Felopulos relished cooking elaborate family dinners -- particularly for Greek Easter.

He was a trustee of many charitable organizations, including the Kahlil Gibran Educational Fund which provides scholarships to college students of Lebanese ancestry, and the Nicholas and Anna Marcopoulos Charitable Foundation, which provides scholarships to medical and dental students of Greek ancestry. He was also a member of the Newton Conservation Commission during its formative years.

Mr. Felopulos is survived by his two sons, Peter John of Waban, and Paul Jeffrey and his wife, Gretchen, of Natick, and three grandchildren: Theo, Chloe and Phoebe Felopulos.

He will buried in a family plot in Bennington, following a private service.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 15, 2007
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