WASHINGTON – Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides has issued the following statement on the sad news of the passing of Ahepan Andrew A. Athens, a global leader of the Hellenic community, who died today in Chicago:
“The members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association mourn the passing of Life Member Andrew Athens, a true pillar of global Hellenism, a highly-decorated World War Two veteran, an unwavering community activist, ardent philanthropist, and a successful businessman who truly realized and fulfilled the American Dream.
“Brother Athens will be sorely missed by all Hellenes as his kind and benevolent charitable work touched the lives of many people around the world. His legacy will live on through the several organizations he founded and led in support of Hellenism and Orthodoxy worldwide as well as in the many individuals he inspired. We are proud to have called him a Brother Ahepan.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the family of Andrew Athens. May his memory be eternal.”
Brother Athens, a life member of Chapter 46, Chicago, received the AHEPA Archbishop Iakovos Humanitarian Award in 1998 and the AHEPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He was 91.