Ann Agris, Publisher of the Hellenic Chronicle(later the Hellenic News under George Bethrakis) passed away this week in Natick, MA. Her husband, Peter Agris, Greek-American (Mytilene descendent) and Graduate of Boston Univ. Sch. Of Journalism and Communication, 1950’s, founded, published and spread the word for American Hellenism, Education, Christianity, Leadership, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, etc, as far as his message and news print could reach. Those English language weekly journals were the highlight and the every seven day milestone and yardstick guiding one’s basic principles, family, social, religious and community objectives; and, more. Ann and her daughter, Nancy, graciously and seamlessly perpetuated the legacy and mission, after the passing of Peter Agris, until it’s transfer of ownership.
She continued her mission for the promotion of Hellenes in the diaspora, into her 90’s. Ann’s memory is a true call to celebration, almost to a panagyric level, signaling the most important component for the Hellenes who contribute their high principles and democratic values toward keeping America strong as they support our relatives and forefathers legacy in Ellada.
Your esteemed bilingual Hellenic News of America has raised the power of the pen, print and paper to a higher level of global reportage. Along with your visionary ideas that have materialized into support or creation of HPA, “Hermes Expo International”, HellenicNews.com, “Educational workshops for Entrepreneurship of Undergraduates, Graduate and Young Professionals”, and, Scholarship Programs that encourages Education in every field for advancement of all the institutions that support democratic society. Your sincere encouragement for persons of achievement in every corner where excellence delivers honest resolutions to almost every challenge one faces is becoming legendary. Paul, you, your esteemed wife and daughters are a team like no other. The staff of HPA and all of your other “institutes” constitute an extended family or team of action that can rival the best of leadership groups. The many scions of journalism applaud and pray for your continued vision, strength and health as your sacred journey adds to the enrichment of your readers and supporters. The product of HNA finds itself embroided into the very fiber of the original authors and America’s US Constitution: to serve “The Common Good”. I pray that a copy of HNA can find its way to every doorstep of American Hellenes and every newspaper rack of libraries where Hellenes study or frequent. One should never forget to respect and honor your loyal advertisers and subscribers you nurture, support and trust the values of your mission.
With high esteem and appreciation for your personal interest in my professional and spiritual journey through
your gift of educational enrichment. You meet the definition of the Hellene’s word for “worthy”:
Peter-Panagiotis Erricos Dragonas, M.D., Harvard Medical School Faculty, retired. Boston/Zakynthos
Antigone A. (Anagnostos) Agris of Weston, died on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the age of 88. Prior to moving to Weston, she had been a 40 year resident of Wellesley. The widow of the late Peter Agris, she succeeded him as publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle, for a half century the largest Greek American English language national weekly. In recognition of her contributions to her ethnic community, she was a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1998. Born in Manchester, NH in 1925, she was the daughter of the late Apostolos and Anastasia (Kaltsas) Anagnostos and graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1943. Rare for the times, she was awarded a scholarship to attend art school, but was unable to accept because of the need for her to work to support her family. As the assistant to the general manager of WFEA radio in Manchester, NH, she was offered a position as producer and host of Hellenic Rhythms, a halfhour Sunday morning radio program for Greek Americans. It was there that she met her husband, who had months earlier established the newspaper in Boston. They were married in 1951 and together published the newspaper until his early death in 1989. She would continue to publish the newspaper with her two children until 2000, the papers 50th anniversary, when the decision was made to cease publication. She retired to devote herself to her family and her extensive philanthropic work. Mrs. Agris helped to established a journalism scholarship program in her husbands memory under the auspices of The Alpha Omega Council of New England, of which he was founder. Twentythree years later, almost $500,000 in scholarships have been awarded. A member for four decades of the Hellenic Womens Club EOK, one of the nations oldest charitable organizations, she was also an avid supporter of the Hellenic Cardiac Fund for Children at Childrens Hospital, the Hellenic Home for the Aged in Canton and many other religious and philanthropic causes. Mrs. Agris was a devoted parishioner of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Weston from 1965 and served as a member of its Philoptochos Society. She is survived by her children, Peter James Agris and Nancy Agris Savage; her grandchildren, Lydia Antigone Savage and Jocelyn Agris Savage; her siblings, Sophia Rantis and husband Demosthenes Rantis and USN Capt. (ret.) George Anagnostos and wife Ellen Anagnostos; sistersinlaw, Anna Agretelis and Athena Calakoutis and husband Christos Calakoutis; and many cousins nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her brother, James Anagnostos. Visitation will be held at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St. at Natick Commons, on Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will take place at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 57 Brown St., Weston, on Monday, October 27, 2014, at 11:00 AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Committal service will be at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Memorial donations may be made to the Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships, % Alpha Omega Council, PO Box 752, Foxboro, MA 02035 or to the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 57 Brown St., Weston, MA 02493. For directions or to send a condolence message, please visit .www.everettfuneral.com
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