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AHI Mourns Passing of Major Benefactor, Great Hellene George Spyropoulos
October 5, 2015—No. 48 (202) 785-8430

AHI Mourns Passing of Major Benefactor, Great Hellene George Spyropoulos

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) mourns the passing of Mr. George Spyropoulos, a longstanding, major benefactor to AHI and proponent of Hellenic causes.  He passed away in Greece at 102 years old. 

“George Spyropoulos was a proud and exceptional Hellene,” AHI Founder Gene Rossides said.  “Without George’s generous contributions and steadfast support and belief in AHI’s mission, especially in the early years, the Institute would not be where it is today.  Our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers are with his family as we take a moment to reflect and celebrate his full life.”

Rossides added that Spyropoulos was AHI’s first membership supporter in 1974, and he donated the seed money for AHI to purchase Hellenic House, where AHI currently is headquartered in Washington, DC.

“George Spyropoulos will always be remembered fondly by the American Hellenic Institute and its members for his unwavering devotion to AHI and to Hellenism for which we are deeply grateful,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “His love for Greece and Hellenic ideals was ceaseless, and we will do our best to carry on his passion for years to come. May his memory be eternal.”

05From left: Orestis Varvitsiotis, Mrs. Spyropoulos, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient George Spyropoulos, Nick Larigakis.


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