x

Politics

Dr. Peter Scamagas, Archon Aktouarios, Dies at 92

March 6, 2019

FRESNO, CA – The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco announced the passing of Dr. Peter Scamagas, Archon Aktouarios of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Katina, and their two children: Marianthy (Jim) Grover, and Jimmy (Terry) Scamagas. He was blessed with four grandchildren, and also leaves behind extended family and friends who admired and loved him for his goodness, sincerity of heart, and compassion for mankind.

Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco stated that, “Dr. Scamagas was a man of great integrity. He focused on serving others through his service in the U.S. Army, as a respected medical professional, researcher, Sunday School teacher, and true steward of the Church.”
Gerasimos added that “every time I would see him, he was always eager to help in whatever way he could for the betterment of the Church. I convey my deepest sympathies to his family, and all those who are mourning the passing of Peter, who has now entered into the Gates of Paradise with the Lord whom he faithfully served.”

Dr. Peter James Scamagas, was born June 24, 1927, in Philadelphia, PA, to Mary and Demetrios Scamagas of Asia Minor.

Peter worked in his uncle’s restaurant until he was drafted into the U.S. Army and deployed to the Philippines. Upon completion of his military service, Peter was accepted by the honors chemistry program and then medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, earning his medical degree in 1956. A residency and subsequent fellowship in allergy and immunology brought Peter to Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. Peter spent his entire career with Kaiser Permanente, and was chief of the Allergy Departments in Santa Clara and Fresno.

Peter believed that that good medicine involved holistic treatment, so he conducted research and developed programs through the NIH and American Lung Association to develop patient education programs for people suffering from asthma. Passionate and focused, Peter’s obsessions were family, faith, philanthropy, and education. As an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church, Peter worshiped in San Francisco, San Jose (a founding member of St. Basil), and Fresno. He was most fond of his years as a Sunday school teacher and youth group leader. He also was a long-time participant of the Bible Study Fellowship.

Peter was fully committed to improving the lives of people near and far. He helped many achieve a college education, for not only members of his family but perfect strangers as well. When he was 84, he traveled to Uganda to offer his medical services to several communities there.

RELATED

LONDON - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with Greeks of the diaspora while in London on Wednesday, during which he highlighted the options that Greeks living abroad now have to vote in Greek elections from their place of residence, as well as his government's emphasis on reforms.

Top Stories

Church

NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.

Events

STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.

Society

NEW YORK – New research into Greek artifacts looted by the Nazis was highlighted in the New York Times on January 18 as “the topic of the Nazi role in antiquities looting is increasingly drawing attention, in part through the work of scholars who are peeling back the mysteries of what happened to the objects that were excavated or seized eight decades ago.

Video

SNF’s Health Initiative Will Support Child and Adolescent Mental Health

ATHENS - When we think about childhood injuries, we usually think of scratches, a few stitches, maybe even a broken bone.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.