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George Gregory Alexopoulos, age 84, of Glenview, Illinois, passed away on February 12, 2017. He was the beloved husband of 57 years of Pola Alexopoulos, beloved father of Lia, Golfo (Thomas) and Gregory (Kimberly), cherished grandfather of Athena Smith, Sophia Smith, Angela Alexopoulos and George Alexopoulos, beloved brother of Alexis (Katerina), Peter (Yiota) and the late Christos Alexopoulos, beloved brother-in-law of Dimitra and Dimitris Saltas, Litsa and Sam Stamatis, and Spyros and Betty Polydoros, and beloved uncle, great uncle and friend of many. Born in Ilia, Greece to the late Gregory and Vasiliki Alexopoulos, he left his native village of Keramidia on a scholarship to study chemical engineering at the Royal Technical College in Scotland. He continued his undergraduate and graduate studies in physics and mathematics, earning a doctorate, and worked as a senior systems analyst for the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. His greatest passion was education and teaching. He taught physics, mathematics, computer science and electronics at several institutions, including Roosevelt University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Wright College and Oakton College. After retiring from teaching, he was elected to Oakton College's Board of Trustees, where he also served as chairman. George was deeply involved in philanthropy, especially in the area of education. He was a founding member of the Hellenic Link-Midwest, a cultural and scientific organization devoted to educating the public about Greek culture and history. He was also a founding member of the Foundation for Hellenic Studies, which endowed a Chair in Hellenic Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He also served as chairman of the academic committee for the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, which has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in educational scholarships. He will be profoundly missed, but always remembered for his kindness, integrity and generosity, his love of science, learning and teaching, his encouragement and support of students and commitment to educational causes, as well as his sense of humor, love of Cubs baseball and Blackhawks hockey, and his skilled and enthusiastic Greek dancing. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 16th at 11:00am at Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road in Glenview, with visitation starting at 10:00am. Internment Memorial Park Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial donations to Hellenic Link Midwest, P.O. Box 3, Park Ridge, IL 60068 or The Panhellenic Scholarship Fund, 17 N. Wabash Street, Suite 600, Chicago, Illinois 60602 would be appreciated.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2017
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