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IN MEMORIAM

AHEPA Mourns Passing
of PSP Coffinas

AHEPA Mourns Passing
of PSG Moshos

AHEPA mourns the passing of Past Supreme President Gustav
Coffinas, who passed away July 10, 2015. He was 92.
"We were deeply saddened to learn of Brother Coffinas'
passing," Supreme President John
Galanis said. "He served his country,
the Order, and his community with
dedication and pride. A pillar of the
community, he will be sorely missed
by us all. May his memory be eternal."
PSP Coffinas was a World War II
Veteran and a well-respected attorney
of 63 years. He also was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Brother Coffinas served as supreme president during the
1981-82 term.

AHEPA mourns the passing of Past Supreme Governor
Constantine "Gus" D. Moshos, Arlington, Va., who died August
16, 2015. He was 89.
Brother Moshos was a veteran of the
U.S. Navy, and he retired from Voice of
America with a distinguished Foreign
Service career. Brother Moshos was a
68-year Life Member of Col. Peter N.
Derzis Chapter 438, Falls Church, Va. He also was a dedicated member of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Falls
Church.
"We deeply mourn Brother Moshos' passing away,"
Supreme President John W. Galanis said. "He was a dedicated
Ahepan and public servant who served his country admirably.
May his memory be eternal."

AHEPA HOF Inaugural
Inductee Tsioropoulos

AHEPA HOF Mellekas
Passes Away

AHEPA mourns the passing of former University of Kentucky
and Boston Celtics basketball star, Lou Tsioropoulos, who
died August 22, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. He was 84.
Tsioropoulos was a member of the
heralded inaugural AHEPA Hellenic
Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 1975,
which included the likes of Harry
Agganis, Alex Karras, Jim Londos and
Milt Pappas. He played on Kentucky's
1951 championship team and won two
titles while playing with the Celtics.
Brother Gregory J. Stamos, chairman, AHEPA Hall of Fame Selection Committee, noted, "The
Greek-American Sports community lost one of its icons."
Lou, a native of Lynn, Mass., where he was a classmate of
Harry Agganis, averaged 14.5 points per game in his senior
season at Kentucky. He was later inducted into the University
of Kentucky's Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1953-1954, his
senior year, Kentucky enjoyed a 25-0 season, the only undefeated final season record in Kentucky basketball history.
Tsioropoulos was survived by his wife, Jan, a daughter,
Tara, and two grandchildren.

AHEPA mourns the passing of Hall of Famer, John S. Mellekas,
81, of Newport, R.I., who passed away June 2, 2015. Born
in Newport, a local high school star, he went on to the
University of Arizona on a football scholarship. He was a 4th
round selection (47th overall pick) of
the Chicago Bears in 1956. Mellekas
had an eight-year NFL career with
the Chicago Bears (1956-1961), the
San Francisco 49ers (1962) and the
Philadelphia Eagles (1963) as a standout defensive tackle.
In 1974, he received the Hugh
McGowan Award for his contribution
to sports and work with the youth of Newport County. In
1976, he was inducted into the Providence Gridiron Club
Hall of Fame. In addition, Mellekas received induction into
the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986, the City
of Newport's Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, and the Inaugural
Rogers High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. He was
a former Parish Council member of St. Spyridon's Church,
Newport, and a proud AHEPA Life Member.

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