John Antholis

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ANTHOLIS JOHN KYRIAKOS ANTHOLIS John Kyriakos Antholis of Morristown, NJ - who grew up in the District and was educated at Roosevet High School, the University of Maryland, and Georgetown Law School - died on Monday, November 19, 200, of cardiac and pumonary arrest. Mr. Antholis was born November 21, 1933 to Anna Dematatis Antholis and Kyriakos John Antholis in Oceanside, NY. He moved to Washington, DC in the early 1940s, and as his father sought work during the great depression. Graduated from Roosevelt High in 1951. During the early 1950s, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a radio operator, stationed in Asmara, Eritrea. After his service he earned a Bachelors Degree in economics from the University of Maryland (1959) and a Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law School (1962). He attended law school in the evenings, driving a cab during the day to support himself, his family and his studies. He was admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia in 1962, the State of New York (1967) and the State of New Jersey (1972). He was sworn into the Supreme Court of the United States by Justice Arthur Goldberg, who had been a client of his father's barber shop. Mr. Antholis also served as President of the Parish Council for the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Westfield, New Jersey, and as President of Greek Orthodox Churches of the Diocese of New Jersey. In addition, he served as District Governor of the Fifth District and Supreme Counselor for the American Hellenic Educational Association, America‘s oldest and largest organization for Greek Americans. He was General Counsel and Trustee to the Fifth District Ahepa Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. He was also General Counsel to Salaam Temple of the Shriners of North America, where he served proudly as a clown at Shriner‘s Children‘s Hospitals. He was a member of Masonic Lodges Morristown and Madison and the Salaam Shrine Center in Livingston. Mr. Antholis was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of East Hanover - Florham Park Elks Lodge # 815. Mr. Antholis also was the founder Past President and trustee of the Hellenic American Bar Association of New Jersey. Mr. Antholis was very active in Democratic politics. He was briefly the chairman of the Democratic Party in Florham Park, NJ, and was an active campaigner and fundraiser for a series of Democratic candidates that included Paul Sarbanes, Bill Bradley and Michael Dukakis. He attended the National Democratic Convention in 1988. Mr. Antholis is survived by his wife the former Mila Sorokolit; sister Ellen Antholis of Gaithersburg, MD; brother Chris Antholis of Morristown, NJ. He is also survived by two sons from his first marriage: Kary William Antholis of Los Angeles, CA, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Senior Vice President of HBO Films, and William John Antholis of Charlottesville, VA, the Managing Director of The Brookings Institution and a econoimics and foreign policy advisor in the Clinton White House, daughters-in-law Karen Coburn-Antholis and Kristen Suokko; step-daughter Mila Dixon of Morristown, NJ; and grandchildren Evanthia Elaine Antholis, John Harry William Antholis, Annika Elizabeth Antholis, and Kyri Janet Antholis. Visiting hours will be Friday Nov. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Hancliffe Home for Funerals, 222 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover, NJ with Masonic services at 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 8:30 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 1p.m., Saturday November 24 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hill Rd., Westfield, NJ 07090 (the procession will leave from Hancliffe Funeral Home at 11:45 a.m.), followed by burial at Fairmount Cemetery in Chatham, 232 Hillside Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928. Donations will be appreciated in lieu of flowers to the AHEPA 5th District Cancer Fund, c/o Dino Genakos, 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield, NJ 07090 OR to: Shriners Hospital for Children; by phone: 1-800-241-GIFT; or by mail: Shriners International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL.Donations will be appreciated in lieu of flowers to the AHEPA 5th District Cancer Fund, c/o Dino Genakos, 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield, NJ 07090 OR to: Shriners Hospital for Children; by phone: 1-800-241-GIFT; or by mail: Shriners International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 21, 2007