NEW YORK – Michael Jaharis, industrialist, philanthropist, churchman, and patron of the arts, fell asleep in the Lord on February 17. He served for many years as Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
At the dedication of the Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutrition Sciences on Tufts University’s Boston campus in 2002, Archbishop Demetrios hailed the facility’s goal of improving world health as “a very noble and a very sacred mission.” And Tufts declared “Son of a Greek immigrant who landed penniless in Boston in 1908, you have embodied your father’s ethos of hard work and generosity by giving freely of yourself in a multitude of ways.”
Emmanuel Michael Jaharis was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. Michael was the son of Greek immigrants, Michael and Katerina Jaharis, from the village of Aghia Paraskevi on the Greek island Lesvos. After attending Evanston Township Public High School, Michael briefly attended North Park University and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Wisconsin. Shortly after his college graduation in June 1950, Michael was called to duty to serve in the US Army during the Korean War and was eventually deployed to Zell am See, Austria to help run the medical and pharmaceutical supply. After his [military] service, Michael joined Miles Laboratories as a Sales Representative in the Ethical Drug Division (Prescription Drug), covering the area north of Chicago’s Loop up to the Wisconsin border. While working full time, he earned his Juris Doctor as a night student from the College of Law at DePaul University. Michael rose through the ranks at Miles to eventually be appointed Vice President and Executive Legal Counsel for Food and Drug Law, where he also became involved in marketing for the company.