[MGSA-L] Andrew Arthens - obituary

June Samaras june.samaras at gmail.com
Fri Mar 15 13:13:00 PDT 2013


Leading figure of the Greek diaspora passes away
Andrew Athens, 91, was the first president of SAE


The first president of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE),
Andrew Athens, has passed away in Chicago, aged 91.

A leading figure of the Greek diaspora, Athens was born in Chicago in
1922 and served as president of SAE since its founding in 1995 and
until December 2006, when the 6th World Assembly of SAE unanimously
proclaimed him president emeritus.

Athens occupied leadership positions in dozens of Greek community
organisations and chambers of commerce in the US, Greece, Belgium and
other countries and won international recognition for his service to
the Greek-American community.

He played a leading role in every struggle launched for the rights of
Greeks and travelled to all continents in an effort to unite and
strengthen the Greek communities abroad. Throughout his life he won
over 42 awards, medals and distinctions, including the Greek State’s
Gold Cross of the Order of the Phoenix (1977), the Cypriot Republic
Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (1997) and the US Congressional
Medal of Honor (1993). In 1979, he was declared Knight of the Order of
the Crown in Belgium.

In 1997 he founded Hellenicare, a Primary Health Care Initiative and
humanitarian assistance project offering free medical services to
people of both Greek and non-Greek descent in former Soviet Union

His full biography is available on SAE's official website.

June Samaras
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