ΝΕΑ ΥΟΡΚΗ. Ο καθηγητής και συνάμα ηγέτης των Ευρυτάνων της Αμερικής και της πόλης Φλόρενς της Νότιας Καρολίνας Ανδρέας Καμπιζιώνης (Andrew G. Kampiziones) δεν υπάρχει πια ανάμεσά μας. Την Δευτέρα, 20 Φεβρουαρίου 2023, άφησε την τελευταία του πνοή σε ηλικία 91 ετών έχοντας στο πλευρό του την οικογένειά του.
Ο θάνατός του καταλυπεί την σύζυγό του Παναγιώτα (Eula – Paula), τα ανίψια George και Theodora Kampiziones, Terry και Νίκη Kampiziones, Andrew και Helen Kampiziones, Joanne και Tian Ying, Helen Poulos, Gus Poulos, Helen και Steve Doulaveris, Rena Chizmar, Steve Hondros, τα ανίψια, τα ξαδέλφια και τους λοιπούς συγγενείς και φίλους εδώ και στην Ελλάδα.
Οι συγγενείς και οι φίλοι το μεσημέρι του Σαββάτου και ώρα 12.30 θα συγκεντρωθούν στον ιερό ναό της Μεταμορφώσεως του Σωτήρος στην διεύθυνση 2990 S. Cashua Drive, Florence, S.C. 29501 και αμέσως μετά θα παρακολουθήσουν την Εξόδιο Ακολουθία.
Ο ενταφιασμός του θα λάβει χώρα αμέσως μετά στο Κοιμητήριο «Mount Hope Cemetery».
Η οικογένεια καλεί τους συγγενείς και φίλους όπως αντί ανθέων προσφέρουν δωρεά στη μνήμη του στην κοινότητα της Μεταμορφώσεως του Σωτήρος στην διεύθυνση 2990 S. Cashua Drive, Florence, SC. 29501
Ο αείμνηστος γεννήθηκε στη Λαμία στις 19 Νοεμβρίου 1931 και ήταν γιος του Γιώργου και της Σταυρούλας Καμπιζιώνη. Αποφοίτησε από την Παιδαγωγική Ακαδημία της Λαμίας και το 1956 χόρεψε τον Χορό του Ησαΐα με την εκλεκτή της καρδιάς του Παναγιώτα το γένος Χονδρού. Το 1958 μετανάστευσαν στις ΗΠΑ και εγκαταστάθηκαν στη Νέας Υόρκη.
Εργάστηκε στον τραπεζικό τομέα και απέσπασε τρία πτυχία στους τομείς Παιδείας, Φιλοσοφίας και Οικονομίας. Διέπρεψε ως Πανεπιστημιακός καθηγητής Φιλοσοφίας όπου και δίδασκε στο Πανεπιστήμιο Francis Marion. Συμμετείχε σε πολλά συνέδρια της Ομογένειας σε Ελλάδα και ΗΠΑ. Η μόνιμη ανησυχία του ήταν η διατήρηση αναλλοίωτων των αρχών, της πατρίδας μας, της Γλώσσας, των Εθίμων και της Ορθοδοξίας.
Ήταν διδάκτωρ φιλοσοφίας, που δίδασκε Ελλάδα και δίκαια είχε τον τίτλο, του πρεσβευτή της Ελλάδας, της Ευρυτανίας και της Φθιώτιδας.
Η Εκκλησία, η Ομογένεια, η γενέτειρα και η πολιτεία της Νότιας Καρολίνας τον βράβευσαν για την πολυσχιδή του δράση και την κοινωνική προσφορά.
Andrew G. Kampiziones
Andrew G. Kampiziones was born to George and Stavroula Kampiziones in Lamia, Greece on November 19, 1931, and died on February 20, 2023. Despite growing up during the hardships of World War II and the “Enphilio” Greek Civil War, he pursued his education, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Education from the Pedagogical Academy in Lamia. He taught for a few years before he was drafted, serving his country as Second Lieutenant. In 1956, he married his love, Eula (Paula) Hondros and moved to America eventually settling in New York City. He worked in the banking industry and earned his second degree from Queens College of CUNY with a B.A degree in Economics before finally settling in Florence, SC.
Andrew had a deep appreciation and respect for his new country and the many opportunities afforded to him. He quickly became involved in all areas giving back to the community. He was active in his church and Greek community from the local to national level, including member of the church choir, cantor, Sunday school and Greek school teacher, as well as president of the local chapter of AHEPA, the Evrytanian Association of America (the Velouchi), and League of Greek Orthodox Stewards (LOGOS).
He expanded his banking and educational career to the restaurant industry, real estate development, and was a charter member of the First Reliance Bank. He received a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of South Carolina and settled in his beloved field of teaching, where he is known throughout the community as having taught with distinction both at Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College for over thirty years. He authored books and numerous journal publications and retired as Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Ethics in 2019.
Andrew felt a true sense of duty not only to his country, homeland, community and family, but also his students. He believed in moulding characters and appreciating one’s heritage. He became a champion for Greek culture in America. He was an avid supporter of the arts, and served on numerous committees such as chairman of the Historical Commission appointed by the governor, the Florence Symphony Board, member of McLeod Regional Medical Center Foundation Board and Ethics committee, as well as, Florence Downtown Revitalization committee, Visual and Performing Arts Concert Hall Steering committee, Florence County New Public Library fundraising committee, Florence Museum Board, the Florence County Arts Alliance Founder, and a Florence Rotarian. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and friends and spending his summers in Greece.
Andrew was happiest when he was surrounded by his family and friends. Having lost his only child with Eula shortly after her birth, Andrew became a father to all his nephews and nieces, and a nurturing grandfather to their children. He was a pillar of strength for his family representing honor, kindness, duty, and generosity in the deepest sense. Anyone who came in his presence certainly felt his contagious enthusiasm for life and his warm, giving spirit.
He leaves an unparalleled legacy that was created with hard work, determination, and will-power. His whole life has been in service to his family, Church, community, country, and his homeland. For this he has been abundantly lauded and given many honors including that of Archon by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos in 1982, for his outstanding service to the Church and a well-respected leader of the
Orthodox Christian community; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, awarded for sharing his knowledge, courage, compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity while acknowledging his debt to his ethnic heritage; the Order of the Palmetto, the highest recognition bestowed on a civilian by the State of South Carolina; and the Jack Baker Award for his impact in the arts and culture, to name a few.
Andrew is preceded in death by his daughter, Stavroula; his parents; and siblings, Theodore (Joanna) Kampiziones and Anna (Zisis) Poulos. He is survived by his wife, Eula (Paula); his nephews and nieces, George (Theodora) Kampiziones, Terry (Niki) Kampiziones, Andrew (Helen) Kampiziones, Joanne (Tian) Ying, Helen Poulos, Gus Poulos, Helen (Steve) Doulaveris, Rena Chizmar, Steve Hondros; and numerous beloved nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 25, 2023, immediately followed by Trisagion and funeral services at 1 p.m., at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery and a Makaria luncheon at the church’s Hellenic Center. Memorials may be made to the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 2990 S. Cashua Drive, Florence, SC. 29501. Please sign the tribute wall for Andrew Kampiziones at the obit section of www.stoudenmiredowling.com.
Published by SCNow on Feb. 23, 2023.