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Constantina Skouras Oldknow
February 20, 1925 - October 28, 2014

Constantina Skouras Oldknow, known to her many friends as Dina, was born in Skourohorion, Greece on February 20, 1925, sixth child of Athanasios Dimitrios Skouras and Sophia Karianos. She died in Los Angeles on October 28, 2014.

Her father and his brothers were raised to be shepherds. In 1910, the brothers emigrated to America. Settling first in St. Louis, Charles, George, and Spyros Skouras worked as busboys, saving money to invest in nickelodeons. In a classic rags to riches story, the Skourases rose to become top movie industry executives with Warner Brothers and 20th-Century Fox in New York and Los Angeles. Influential innovators, they are among the 20th century's most celebrated Greek-American personalities.

In 1928, Dina's family moved to Athens, where her father became a pioneer of the Greek movie industry. Dina lived through the Second World War in Athens, often helping her favorite brother, Athanasios D. Skouras, with his political activities. A graduate of Amherst College and Yale University, Skouras co-founded the Greek resistance movement, PEAN (Panhellenic Union of Fighting Youths). Tragically, he was arrested and executed by the Nazis in Athens in 1943 for his leadership in the Greek resistance.


Dina emigrated to the United States aboard one of the first Liberty ships in 1946, arriving at the Beverly Hills home of her uncle, Charles P. Skouras, where she attended Scripps College in Claremont. Dina married William Henry (Bill) Oldknow at St. John's Episcopal Church in Los Angeles on January 15, 1949. In 1959, they were married again in the Greek Orthodox Church by His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople. Dina and Bill shared an adventurous life together for 62 years, until Bill's death in July 2011. They were energetically involved for decades in numerous philanthropic and civic pursuits in Los Angeles.

Dina was appointed to the national board of directors of the Greek Orthodox Ladies' Philoptochos Society in 1977. She served as the national president of Philoptochos from 1990 to 1994. During her presidency, the Children's Medical Fund and the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) were launched. From 2007 to 2011, she was President of the L.A. Chapter of the Philoptochos at Saint Sophia Cathedral, the cathedral conceived and built by her uncle Charles Skouras in 1952.

Dina is survived by four daughters, Elizabeth (Frank Huttinger), Theodora (John McLean), Constantina (Peter Herzberg), and Theresa (David Sutton); and five grandchildren, Asa and Alyssa Ammarin; and Alexandra, Henry (m. Elizabeth Meeker Jensen), and Louise Huttinger.

Trisagion service will be held on Monday, November 3 at 7:30 PM at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles. Funeral services will be held at Saint Sophia on Tuesday, November 4, at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, please make gifts of remembrance to the Saint Sophia Foundation-St. Constantine Chapel Fund, 1324 So. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 9006 or Keck Medical Center of USC, 1500 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Email Condolences to www.ChapmanFuneralDirectors.com.
Terry & Mary Harmon, Directors, Chapman Funeral Homes. (855)628-0447


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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Nov. 2, 2014.
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November 13, 2014
Dear Tizzy, Tedda, Tina and Teri-

The Lyte family sends our condolences as well. Your mom was a force of nature, a creative, ingenious and talented woman. Our moms were very good friends for a long time and we all shared a history filled with many fond memories. It is sad to think that they are both gone, but the warm memories will help us fill the void.

Best wishes to all of you.
D.D. Lyte Holcomb
November 9, 2014
Please accept my condolences for your loss. May the God of comfort be with you at this time of sorrow. He is not far off from each one of us. Acts 17 : 27.
G
November 3, 2014
Dear Tizzie, Tedda, Tina and Teri,
Our thoughts are with you in this time of deep sorrow.Your mother was a wonderful person whose love for you and all her family was truly exceptional. Her kindness and generosity impressed all who knew her and was clearly evident in her important charitable work. Aunt Dina's great heart and love for us all, was the strong force that united and kept together the whole family, both on the American and Greek sides. We will never forget her and will always cherish her memory. With love,

Thanos and Savina Skouras, Athens, Greece
November 2, 2014
Dearest Tizzy, Tina, Tedda and Teri,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. I loved Dina. She was such an extraordinary person and inspiration. Mom's are so special that when they pass away, life becomes different. While I can not take away your pain, I understand what you are going through and can only say that it is true - - time helps a lot. Time also puts things in perspective and allows for a spiritual love and bond to form and endure between you and your Mom. With all my sympathy and love, Damaris
Damaris Skouras
November 2, 2014
11/2/2014 To Tedda, Teri, Tina, Tizzie, and Family:
It was not long ago that I also lost my mother, and I hope you are all doing well. I can very well remember your Mom at Christmas at De Anza, and all the good food she could cook. I will remember her with fond memories.
I have sent a card addressed to the De Anza address, and hope you will receive it. With great love, Elaine Peloquin
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