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Nicholas T. Thomopoulos (87), a generous and loving man, passed on December 23, 2017. Beloved husband of 53 years to Elaine Cotsirilos Thomopoulos. Loving father of Marie (Mathieu) Sussman, Melina (Joseph) Collins, Diana (Mark) Patterson, Christopher Thomopoulos. Cherished grandfather "Papou" to Lauren, Daniel and Jillian Sussman, Grace and Michael Collins, Christopher, Kayden and Jonah Patterson. Beloved son of the late Nicholas and Marie (Avgoustinos) Thomopoulos. Adored brother of the late Marge (John) Faklis, Olga (Wayne) Bancroft, Katherine (Bernard) Hiles, Daniel (Namie) Thomopoulos. He was a devoted brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and loyal friend to many. Nick was born in Chicago to parents who immigrated from Zakynthos, Greece. Nick was the youngest of seven children; two died while young from diphtheria (Christopher and Demetrios). When Nick was a baby, his father died leaving his mother with no other relatives in America. Nick enjoyed growing up in the Greek immigrant neighborhood near Sheffield & Diversey during the Depression. He had a childhood rich with tradition and filled with friendships that lasted a lifetime. The hardships of the family's early life built strong bonds that fostered a loving and supportive environment. Nick found his greatest reward in his family. His love for his family was only matched by his pride in them. Married 53 years, Nick was dedicated to his wife Elaine and the family they created; spending some of their best moments in his second home in Bridgman, MI. Nick received a B.S. in business (1953) from the University of Illinois. He then served in the U.S. Army (1953 to 1955) rising to the rank of sergeant. Upon his return to Chicago, he received an MA in mathematics (1959) from the University of Illinois. While working full-time at International Harvester, he attended Illinois Institute of Technology at night, and began teaching classes. In 1966, he received a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Illinois Tech. He taught at IIT for 44 years and authored over 70 articles and eleven books. He retired as professor emeritus in 2010. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from IIT. He was the thesis advisor to over 30 Ph.D. graduates. He received numerous awards including the Rist Prize in 1972 for new developments in queuing theory, the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Stuart School of Business in 1996 and the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from IIT in 2009. Nick developed new mathematical methods in the design of cotton-picker cams and agriculture plows; was a pioneer in formulating mixed-model assembly methods; conceived a way to measure airplane noise by the neighborhoods' surrounding airports; created queuing methods to design radio communication systems for the U.S. Navy; and designed forecast and inventory software used by more than 100 companies worldwide. Along with being a consultant, he was inventor of the Gridiron Football Card Game and was the founder of FIC Inc. (Forecasting & Inventory Consultants, Inc.) Visitation, Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. at Salerno's Galewood Chapels 1857 N. Harlem Ave. Chicago. Friday morning at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 601 S. Central Ave. Chicago, IL for 10:30 a.m. Funeral service. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation would be appreciated in care of his name to either Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 601 S. Central, Chicago, IL, 60644 or Annunciation & St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church, PO Box 93, New Buffalo, MI, 49117 or the Sierra Club. Arrangements by NICHOLAS M. PISHOS FUNERAL DIRECTOR, LTD. Info: 773-889-1700.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Dec. 27, 2017
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