Obituary: George E. Michaelides

GeorgeMichaelidesGeorge E. Michaelides, 84, of Keene died Aug. 6, 2013, at home.

He was born in Bayonne, N.J., Dec. 6, 1928, son of Eleftherios and Calliope (Alexander) Michaelides. A graduate of Bayonne High School, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a master of business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in education from Nova University.

He married Mary H. Loukides at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Brunswick, N.J., in December 1954. In 1966, the family moved to Keene. He was a professor of economics at Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) for 26 years, retiring as emeritus in 1996.

He was a member at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, where he served on the parish council. He was a former N.H. House representative from Ward 5 in Keene, a member of Gordon-Bissell American Legion Post 4, a member of the Keene Senior Center and of the Keene Senior Swingers. For many years he served as a volunteer driver for veterans needing transportation to the VA Hospital in White River Junction, Vt. He was a passionate lover of nature, retiring often to Vershire, Vt., where he and his family enjoyed hiking and swimming and the serenity of the surroundings. A favorite pastime was riding his tractor through the meadows and visiting with the neighbors.

In Bayonne High School, he was a member of the relay team that won a national championship. As track coach of an Elizabeth, N.J., high school, he was especially proud of his star sprinter, Ron Freeman, who, along with three teammates, won gold and bronze medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

Survivors include his wife, Mary H. Michaelides of Keene; a son, Lee G. Michaelides, and his wife, Marga Rahmann, of Norwich, Vt.; two daughters, Nia Michaels of Seattle and Adele Michaelides Thomas and her husband, Terry Thomas, of Keene; a granddaughter, Alexandra Rahmann of Norwich, Vt., and Brookline, Mass.; and a sister, Athena Alexander of Red Bank, N.J.

The family is planning an afternoon of remembrance in September. Fletcher Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Keene is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a local charity, including the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey 03446 and MAPS Counseling Services, 19 Federal St., Keene 03431.

From The Keene Sentinel, August 12, 2013

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