Peter George Kousaleos
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Peter George Kousaleos, age 92, died June 25 2017 at St. Ann's Mount Carmel Palliative Care unit. He was a first generation Greek, bi-lingual, and practiced his first language throughout his long life. As a young man, he joined the army and fought in WWII in the Pacific. Following the war, he joined a family, who operated a restaurant and the Orange Bowl concession in Miami FL. However, he eventually discovered his true vocation: teaching. He taught African American and Native American literature in the OU English department for many years. During his tenure he received recognition for his outstanding teaching by winning the University Teaching award (3 times) as well as the Grasselli award for excellence in teaching. As part of his two sabbaticals, he taught in Denmark for a year; during his second leave, he lived for six months on the Jicarilla Apache reservation in NM.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon, and four children: Karen Markopulos Kousaleos (Tarpon Springs FL), George Kousaleos (Tallahassee FL), Nicole Serena Kousaleos (Bloomington IN), and Jon Kousaleos (Long Bottom OH). He is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law and their children plus his daughter-in-law, Pat Kousaleos of Tallahassee, as well as eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. All of his great-grandchildren reside in FL. In addition, he leaves behind many former students and friends, especially his Friday lunch bunch.
A celebration of his life will be held August 5, 3:30 PM at the Athens Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 184 Longview Heights, Athens

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Published in The Athens NEWS from Jul. 12 to Aug. 11, 2017.
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July 12, 2020
Dr Kousaleos was a man, full of fortitude and had a determination to teach African-American students, like myself, in the African-American studies department at Ohio University. Rest in heaven... Marcia McDonald
Marcia McDonald
May 25, 2019
So sorry for your loss. May you receive strength and comfort from God. "He will make you firm, He will make you strong, He will firmly ground you". 1Peter 5:10
May 5, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort sustain your family during these challenging times.
January 29, 2019
oh pappou I miss you so much you were my best friend I wish we could just play solitaire again or at least sit at the table together again I love you so much

your granddaughter
January 7, 2019
Chad Schrum
November 20, 2018
So sorry for your loss. May you receive strength and comfort from God. "He will make you firm. He will make you strong. He will firmly ground you" 1Peter 5:10
January 22, 2018
My condolences to the family of Peter Kousaleos
kirsten kuhre-holmquist
December 19, 2017
Our condolences to the family. May God's loving kindness serve as a comfort to you during this time of loss. (Psalms 119:76)
December 8, 2017
Sad to hear the passing of Dr. Peter Kousaleos. He was truly an inspiration. He made me the teacher I am today. He will always be alive in my mind and heart.
Adrian James Tan
September 25, 2017
I am very sorry for your loss. Please find comfort during this difficult time. I wish your family the best.
August 31, 2017
We all send our our condolences to the family, friends and all who love. Mr Kousaleos is another person who loved what he was doing and did it very well. God love you.
Sally small
August 5, 2017
Our love goes to the family and friends in this difficult time. May God give all of you the strength in this difficult time. Php 4:13
July 19, 2017
We are very sorry for your loss. Sincerely, the Coopermans
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