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“Rest in peace dear Uncle - I will miss you ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Artie (Aki) Gyftopoulos - NY

“Rest in peace dear Uncle - I will miss you! ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Artie Gyftopoulos - New York, NY

“I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER PROFESSOR GYFTOPOULOS FOR HIS CALM AND WISE GUIDANCE AND ADVICE DURING MY EARLY YEARS IN THE BOSTON AREA AND MIT. BEING A...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: PETROS KOUSIOUNELOS

“Our Dear Family, We were deeply saddened to hear about the death of our beloved Elias,we know how difficult this must be for you. You are in our...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Mrs. Roula Konstantinou Gyftopoulou & Dimitrios & Alexandros Gyf

“Elias P. Gyftopoulos was a great scientist, engineer, and philosopher with unique values. He was a spiritual mentor to numerous Greek students in...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Spyros A. Kinnas - Austin, TX

“We would like to express our deepest sorrow, for the loss of Dr. Elias Gyftopoulos, though a distant relative he was a dear friend. Elias was not...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Petros & Mary Synadinos

“A lot of people know Elias Gyftopoulos for his scientific achievements. Those who were fortunate enough to know him personally also knew him for his...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Ioannis Papazoglou Athens, Greece

“A person to remember for all the fights on scientific matters we have had during my years at MIT both as a graduate student and postdoctoral...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Kyriakos HIZANIDIS

“Elias was a great thinker and a caring human being. He will be missed. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Yiannis Levendis - Boston, MA

“A highly intelligent person with a lovely personality. Extremely approachable, and always genuinely interested in how you were doing and what you...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Paris Badekas - Athens, Greece

“Kalo Taxeidi - Good Journey ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Konstantinos Pilinos - Astoria, NY

“We have just learned that our beloved Ilias passed away. A dear friend, an excellent scientist, a leader of the Greek community, always eager to...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Gerassimos D. Arsenis, Louka T. Katseli

“We lost an excellent example of a Greek, excellent scientist, realist, honest, without exagerations and "laikismous". I fully share what Stavros...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Yannis V. Constantopoulos

“May you live long to remember him. He is was Great! A true mentor... ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Alexandros Tziranis - Revere, MA

“I met Elias Gyftopoulos in1968, as a first year graduate student at MIT, where as a matter of tradition he was inviting new and old Greek MIT...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: STAVROS A ANAGNOSTOPOULOS

“I am very saddened by the news. I met Dr. Gyftopoulos when I first entered MIT in Sept 1992 as a 23 years old student from Greece. I am 43 now and...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Ioannis Anagnostakis - Dubai, UAE


Elias P Gyftopoulos, PhD, age 84 of Lincoln. June 23, 2012. Passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his three daughters. Devoted husband to the late Artemis E. Gyftopoulos, father to Vasso G. Kelly and her husband Hugh of Rowayton, CT, Maro G. Desjardins and her husband Mark of Houston, TX and Rena Gyftopoulos-Shepherd and her husband David of Boston, MA. 'Papou' was also survived by his 10 adoring grandchildren, Nicho E. Kelly, Alexander H. Kelly, Theo M. Kelly, Artemis G. Kelly, Daphne B. Desjardins, Chloe M. Desjardins, Elias C. Desjardins, Lucas G. Desjardins, Dante R. Shepherd and Arianna C. Shepherd.

Born in Athens, Greece, Elias came to The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall of 1953 as a graduate student. He remained at MIT for his entire career, where he distinguished himself as an outstanding teacher, professor, scientist and innovative thinker. He was a Ford Professor of both Mechanical (1976) and Nuclear Engineering (1970) and Professor Emeritus. Beyond his career as a professor, Elias served on the board of directors of several private companies and non-profit organizations.

He also served as an energy advisor to the Greek government. He was an exceptional leader in the Greek community in Boston, advising countless Greek students attending universities in the area. He and his beloved wife were hosts to dignitaries, old friends and new acquaintances alike at their home in Lincoln.

Elias was above all a beloved and proud husband, father and grandfather whose happiest moments were shared with his adoring family.

GIFTS IN HIS NAME MAY BE MADE TO:
Elias P. Gyftopoulos Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o Concord Funeral Home
74 Belknap Street
Concord, MA 01742

VISITING HOURS
Wednesday, June 27 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Seminary Chapel at
Hellenic College - Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology
50 Goddard Ave.
Brookline, MA
www.hchc.edu

FUNERAL SERVICE
Thursday, June 28 at 10:45 a.m.
Holy Cross Seminary Chapel at
Hellenic College - Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology
50 Goddard Ave.
Brookline, MA
www.hchc.edu

INTERMENT
Lincoln Cemetery
Lincoln, Mass.

Arrangements under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, CONCORD FUNERAL HOME, Concord.

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