Nicholas Andrew Natsios
He was born in Lowell on July 31, 1920, son of the late Andrew N. and Fotini (Parapanisiou) Natsios. Mr. Natsios was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell. He graduated from the Lowell Hellenic American Day School and from Lowell High School in 1939.

Mr. Natsios graduated with honors from Ohio State University in 1948 and received a master's degree in law and diplomacy at the Tufts Fletcher School of (International) Law and Diplomacy.

His college education was interrupted when he enlisted in World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. After entering the U.S. Army as a private he quickly rose through the ranks of military espionage. He served in North Africa and Italy, and was appointed as a captain in military intelligence. He was a specialist in counter espionage and participated in numerous operations to thwart German efforts in the Mediterranean.

After graduating from college, he began a long career in the fledgling CIA that would take him around the globe. Including his military service, Mr. Natsios spent 29 years in overseas assignments. He often was the chief of station, the top intelligence officer assigned in his many U.S. missions abroad, which included Greece, Vietnam, France, Korea, Argentina, The Netherlands and Iran.

He received numerous awards and decorations from the U.S. and Allied governments, which included the U.S. Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Cross of Military Valor, and the Cross of Military Merit of Italy, Knight Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy, Knight Commander of the Order of St. George, the Distinguished Service Cross 1st Class of the Knights of Malta, the Distinguished Service Medal of Greece, the Order of Service Merit of Korea, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Mr. Natsios had been listed in the Marquis Who's Who in America for the last 45 years and the Marquis Who's Who in the World.

Mr. Natsios was a member of the Lowell Holy Trinity Hellenic Orthodox Church, and was chairman of the Steering Committee that built the Hellenic Cultural Center in Lowell. He was also a founding member of the Lowell Hellenic Cultural Society, serving on its board and two terms as president. He was also a charter member of both the Library of Congress Foundation as well as the World War II Memorial Foundation, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, and the Dean's Circle of the Ohio State University Alumni Association.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Christine D. Natsios of Columbus, Ohio, Deborah A. Natsios and her husband John Young of New York City, Valerie S. Natsios-Mundell, who resides in New York City and Siena, Italy, with her husband, Robert Alexander Mundell, an economics professor at Columbia University and a Nobel Prize laureate, Alexandra R. Natsios and her husband Kleon C. Andreadis; three grandchildren, Brian J. Barton of Columbus, Ohio, Allegra Andreadis-Natsios of New York and Nicholas Robert Mundell of New York City and Sienna, Italy; a great-granddaughter, Kayla S. Barton of Columbus, Ohio. He also leaves a brother and sister-in-law, James A. Natsios and his wife Maria of Atlanta; a sister and brother-in-law, Alexandra Stamoulis and her husband George of Boston's West Roxbury.

Mr. Natsios is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Andrew S. Natsios, former chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and currently the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., Dr. Peter Natsios of Portland, Ore., Lt. Col. Philip Natsios of Sterling, Va., Andrea Natsios of Waltham, and Elaine (Natsios) Patsourakos of Billerica, director of Social Services at Waltham Crossing; and three sisters-in-law, Eta Natsios, widow of Basil, Bessie Natsios, widow of George, and Pat Natsios, widow of Evangelos.

Published by Lowell Sun on Sep. 30, 2004.
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Please accept the sincere condolences extended by the radio officers of the US Merchant Marine.
October 4, 2004
Please accept my condolences. Nick helped many people in his lifetime.
walter james mcintosh
October 3, 2004
Our sincere condolences are extended to both Alexandra and her family.

David and Kristin Harman and the Poly Prep Family
Poly Prep
October 3, 2004
What a great loss to Nick's family, his friends and our country. Nick was a true gentlemen and professional and patriot. I am glad that I had the opportunity to last see him about a year ago while visiting Lowell. We talked for a long while about days gone by. I stlll remember meeting Nick and Mitzi in Hong Kong in 1956 shortly after they were informed their household goods were sitting at the bottom of the Suez Canal. They survived the news very well.

Our heart felt condolences to the Natsios family. May your grief be shrouded with profound and happy thougths of this wonderful man and may the grief be short.
Euripides and Ave Maria Lallos
October 1, 2004
accept our deepest sympathy.
GEORGE .......
October 1, 2004
With sadness have I learned of the passing of a great man.
Few will ever know what he accomplished.
My condolences to the family.
September 30, 2004
Dear Deborah,

Sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and hope the healing process is therapeutic.

Dara Young
September 30, 2004
Please accept our deepest sympathy during this sad time. Mr. N was a very interesting guy and I always enjoyed talking with him about his past. I personally appreciate all the encouragement he provided me at the onset of my career some twenty plus years ago. He'll truly be missed.
James Panos & Family
September 30, 2004
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