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GIANULIS, JAMES THEODORE James Theodore Gianulis, 66, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 22, 2012. He was born in San Diego to his loving parents, Ted and Deena Dallas Gianulis, on March 25, 1946. Jim was raised in San Diego and graduated from Hoover High School and San Diego State University. He served as an officer in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971, where he rose to the rank of Captain. After serving his country, he enrolled at the University of Southern California School of Law earning his Juris Doctor in 1974. He returned to San Diego where he worked for Higgs, Fletcher & Mack and Arthur Young & Company before founding Pacific Income Properties, a real estate syndication and development company. He was a member of the California and American Bar Associations and served at different times as Of Counsel to the law firms of Harrigan, Ruff, Ryder & Sbardellati and Fleming PC. Jim was also dedicated to many civic organizations throughout his lifetime. Over the years, he served in various capacities for the San Diego Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, was a Trustee of the Salk Institute, a Director of the Sharp Hospital Foundation, a member of the Executive Cabinet of Saint Augustine High School and most recently served on the Executive Committee of the Policy Advisory Board of the USD Burnham - Moores Center for Real Estate. Jim was a man of great faith who was dedicated to his family, friends and business associates. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Deborah Stevens Gianulis, his daughter Eleni Gianulis, daughter and son-in-law Deena Gianulis and Jorge Castro, and his son J. Theo Gianulis. He was the proud Papa of two grandchildren, Kanon James and Juliet Nicole Castro. He is also survived by a loving extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Nicholas. Jim was a gifted and generous man who loved everyone involved in his life. He was active in sports before becoming disabled, achieving a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Karate and was a marshal arts instructor in the Army. He also became an Army Squash Champion. Jim was the first recipient of the Eagle Spirit Award from Sharp Rehab in 1991. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 1980 Hillsdale Road, El Cajon, CA. In memory of Jim, the family has established a scholarship fund at the USD Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, 5598 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 28, 2012
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