HCHC Mourns the Passing of Fr. George Nicholas Economos
Our HCHC community is deeply saddened by the passing of Fr. George Nicholas Economos, who fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 93 on February 25, surrounded by family at his home in Boston, very close to our campus.
A native of Ohio, descended from thirteen generations of Orthodox priests, he began his studies for the priesthood in Pomfret, CT, the original location of Holy Cross. When the Seminary moved to Brookline, MA, he was part of the first class to graduate from this campus in 1947.
It was in Boston that he met and married his future Presvytera, Theodora (Doris) Stamatos, with Archbishop Athenagoras Cavadas, the first dean of Holy Cross, and Fr. Demetrios Coucouzis (later Archbishop Iakovos), a professor at Holy Cross in its early days, officiating.
Beginning with his ordination in 1949, Fr. Economos faithfully served communities all over the United States (and one in Venezuela), with his longest and final tenure at St. Demetrios Church in Jersey City, NJ, from 1965 to 1992. Throughout his long career, which also included many forms of public service, he remained deeply proud of his education and spiritual formation at Holy Cross and keenly interested in the institution's progress. Fr. Economos was a frequent visitor to HCHC, engaging students, staff, and faculty in spirited dialogue.
Fittingly, his final journey to the campus of his beloved alma mater was for his funeral service at Holy Cross Chapel. Fr. George Dion Dragas, Holy Cross Professor of Patristics, remarked in his eulogy that Fr. Economos had "a lifelong concern for the well-being of the school" and never failed to ask, "How is the school doing?"
Fr. George is survived by Presvytera Doris, daughters Margaret and Catherine, sons Nicholas and George, three granddaughters, and two great-granddaughters. The family has asked that any donations in his memory be made to:
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445