John H. Panton, M.D., Beloved husband of sixty years of the late Mary (Karakourtis). Loving father of Dr. Peter (Estelle), Evans (Laura), Dr. Robert (Marika), and Dr. Elizabeth (Dr. Frank) Karkazis. Cherished grandfather of eleven: Dr. Christina, Connie, Caley, Ashley, Jonathan, Alexis, James, and Zoe Panton, and Alex, Emelia, and John Karkazis. Dear brother-in-law of Demetra (the late Dr. Basil) Chronis, Katherine Karakourtis, and the late Harry Karakourtis. Fond uncle of many. A 1950 graduate of the University of Athens Medical School, he completed his internship at Mercy Hospital-Loyola University and his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois and Presbyterian Hospital. He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and was a Fellow at the American College of Surgeons. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was a member of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society, the Chicago Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He was a member of several local medical staffs, including Loretto Hospital (where he served as President of the Medical Staff), West Suburban Hospital, Westlake Hospital, and Rush Oak Park Hospital. He opened his office in Oak Park, Illinois in 1960, and subsequently was joined in practice by his two sons, Drs. Peter and Robert Panton, and his daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Panton-Karkazis. Dr. Panton relocated his practice to its current location in Elmwood Park in 1993. Dr. Panton specialized in cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation and cared for tens of thousands of patients in his fifty-five years of medical practice. A longtime member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, he was a benefactor of the church, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Leadership 100 Program, the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago, the Brown University School of Medicine, and the University of Illinois Department of Ophthalmology. Visitation Tuesday Dec. 22, 2015 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. at Salerno's Galewood Chapels 1857 N. Harlem Ave. Chicago. Family and friends will meet Wednesday morning at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 601 S. Central Ave. Chicago, IL. 60644 for 10:30 a.m. Funeral service. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church appreciated. Arrangements by NICHOLAS M. PISHOS FUNERAL DIRECTOR, LTD. 773-745-1333.
Published by Chicago Tribune on Dec. 22, 2015.