Born Athens January 1, 1939
Passed in his Athens home April 19, 2021
Excerpts from the eulogy given by his daughter, Elena Filippou Coumantaros
First and foremost a scientist, he designed the modern method of industrial yogurt production and obtained a patent for his invention. Thus began the astonishing rise of the FAGE Company from a small family business to the well-known international company that it is today.
He was an authentic man. A natural leader who treated people with fairness and dignity. With few words, but wisely spoken, he inspired the trust of all who knew him. He was visionary and innovative, a man ahead of his time.
His pioneering intellect, courage, ethos, will, optimism, and discipline were at the core of his personality and the driving forces of his extraordinary journey. He was a rock of composure! Anger, he liked to say, is a bad advisor. He worked hard and tirelessly all his life, with the discipline of a scientist, the courage of a visionary and the inner strength of a warrior
A man so creative, but also so balanced,he touched so many lives in the world around him-a world he viewed with courage for the present and optimism for the future. Let us all be inspired by the Logos and Arete of the extraordinary Kyriakos Filippou.