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Passing of Peter T. Kikis, President of Faith Endowment - Archbishop Demetrios Expresses Condolences

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Mar 4, 2013

NEW YORK – Peter T. Kikis, 90, Archon Maestor, president of FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy & Hellenism, Member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and fulfilled member of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 fell asleep in the Lord Feb. 28, 2013. He was 90 years old.

Peter Kikis, the son of Greek immigrants from Arcadia was born in New Rochelle, NY in 1922. He lost his father at an early age and thereafter started working to help support his mother and sisters. He received his Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he majored in Mathematics studying with Albert Einstein. He served as a captain in the US Army in Europe during World War II and earned four Battle Stars for his service in the War.

Mr. Kikis was a well known business leader and philanthropist, and trusted advisor to Archbishop Demetrios. He had served not only on the Archdiocesan Council, but had been a member of the Executive Committee. Commenting on his passing, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America released this statement:

On behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod and the Clergy and Lay Faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, I am offering our profound condolences on the falling asleep in the Lord of the most esteemed Archon and co-worker in the Lord, Mr. Peter T. Kikis. Peter was a man of deep personal faith, passionate commitment to Orthodoxy and Hellenism, and a leading personage of enterprise. He was an elegant and eloquent man who took very seriously his responsibility for the dual legacies of Hellenism and Orthodoxy. His leadership at the FAITH Endowment has left an enduring positive mark not only on the Fund, but in the greater life of the Archdiocese, offering his faithful and dedicated services as a Member of the Archdiocesan Council and the Executive Committee. He will surely be deeply missed by his family, but also by all of us who have had the lasting privilege to know and work with him for the good of the Church. May his memory be eternal.

Archbishop Demetrios will officiate at the Funeral Service for him at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of Holy Trinity in New York City on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at noon.

Peter Kikis was married to the late Helen Kikis in 1955, He is survived by their son, Thomas P. Kikis, daughter-in-law Stephanie and three grandchildren: Elena, Peter, and Terrel Kikis. He is also survived by his sister Urania Perakos and the many people whose lives he has positively impacted.

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