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Soterios J. Kakissis M.D.

1934 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Soterios J. Kakissis M.D. Obituary
Soterios J. Kakissis M.D.

Soteris passed away quietly at his home on September 3, 2018. He was born on the 3rd of February in Kalamata, Greece in 1934. He lived in Kalamata through high school where he received an award of excellence. Being an A student, he earned a scholarship to attend the American College in Athens for a year. He then applied to the Polytechnic and Medical Schools. He was accepted into both but decided to pursue his career in medicine. He served his military obligation as a Medical Officer in the Greek army for 2 years. Upon completion of his army tour, he served a residency in Orthopedic Surgery in Athens. Soteri's doctoral dissertation in 1968 was "Contribution in the Study and Management of the Vertebrae and Disks" which was published. He came to the United States in 1968 to join his physician cousin in Houston, Texas. In 1969 he moved to Toledo, Ohio and began his internship at St. Charles Hospital where he met Dr. Paul Raglow, his friend for life.

Soteris married Aphrodite (Titi) Archimandritou in 1970 and they moved to Dearborn, Michigan where he did his residency in Radiology at Oakwood Hospital. After completing his residency, they returned to Toledo where Soteris joined his friend Dr. Raglow at Radiological Associates where he remained until his retirement.

Soteris was an intellectual and avid reader. He read all the Greek philosophers and could recite Homer. He was well taught by his loving parents who were both teachers. He was well-read in many disciplines and was known as the "encyclopedia" for questions from family and friends. Soteris was a very generous man to his family, his relatives and his friends. He loved and took great pride in his garden and flowers, his Greek music, especially the great Greek composers Thodorakis and Hatzidakis.

Most of all, he loved his wife of 48 years, Aphrodite (Titi) and adored his 2 daughters Argyro "Argy" (Yanni Pantazis) and Sophia (Johnny Kelly).

Soteri's wish was to be cremated and have his ashes placed at the root of a male cypress tree in Greece.

He is also survived by his sister, Anna (Stefanos) Patrelakis; niece, Joanna Patrelakis; nephew, Nikos Patrelakis; brother, Tassos (Litsa) Kakissis; nephew, Yannis Kakissis and grandnephew, Stefanos Patrelakis, all living in Greece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Yannis and Argyro and his sister, Nitsa Mantjari.

There will be a celebration of his life at a future date. Tributes in lieu of flowers are to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 740 N. Superior St., Toledo or Cherry Street Mission at 105 17th St., Toledo, Ohio 43604. Arrangements by Walker Funeral Home and condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com

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Published in Toledo Blade on Sept. 6, 2018
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