Dr. Dean Lomis Honored for Hellenism
By Catherine Tsounis
“Hellenism has been defined in many forms and can be traced anytime from the Homeric age, through the classical period, to modern times,” believes Dr. Dean Lomis. “Its meaning is an immortal entity that has captured the mind and the spirit of educated men of goodwill for the betterment of society. It is relevant for our time and for future generations. Greek Americans in particular, must strengthen our American legacy on the powers of Hellenism.” This is the core of Dr. Lomis’ philosophy, expressed at the Greek Studies Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis at a lecture.
Dr. Dean Lomis’ unique contribution to society was honored on October 14th, 2012 at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Hellenic News of America (HNA) newspaper in the Concordville Inn-Best Western Hotel & Conference Center in Concordville, Pennsylvania. Over four hundred persons attended this event from across the United States. Mr. Paul Kotrotsios said “Dr. Lomis has been contributing articles to the Hellenic News of America from its first issue twenty-five years ago.”
Dr. Lomis biography is at https://www.umsl.edu/~cosmopoulosm/people/lomis.html. A lifetime of achievement was remembered by his family and friends who came from several states for the event. The Professor is the best man in the world,” said Nitsa Anastasiades of Newark, New Jersey. “He is a good friend, an excellent grandfather. We all have fun with him and his family.” Helen Doukakis of Bloomington Delaware says “he is a very special friend to my husband for many years.” Steve Papantinas a former Greek evzone from 1949 and his wife Elaine said “we go to the same church where Dr. Lomis has a major role.”
Mrs. Lomis, his wife, is from Sparti. Dr. Lomis’ father is from Leonidion, Arcadia and Mother from Naphlion. Together they have created a unique family. His son Van (Evangelos) said that evening that “we’re proud that you have dedicated many years of service. You stand up for causes important to our heritage.” His daughter-in law Deme believes he (is a great role model. May God continue to bless you.”
The professor’s biggest fans are his grandchildren. They expressed sentiments that “Papou Dean has the mind of a thinker. He is the coolest dude that I know. Papou Dean is 81 years old but acts like he is twenty-five. He has so much energy that keeps us all going.” His greatest accomplishment is his family.
“The Delaware-based Dr. Dean Lomis was national Chairman of AHIPAC (American Hellenic Institute Public Affairs Committee) for 4 two-year terms from 1982-1991,” said Eleni Kostopoulos in her article In the Spotlight: Dr. Dean Lomis. “From 1969 until his retirement in 1996, he served as the director of the University of Delaware International Center and professor of “Modern Greek” in the Department of Foreign Languages.” In Dr. Lomis’ acceptance speech for his award, he recognized the extraordinary work of Basil Savopoulos in getting out the Greek vote in Delaware. Visit https://www.greeknewsonline.com/?p=9218.
In his paper “Hellenic Paideia: College-level Education for High School Students”, Dr. Dean Lomis was preoccupied with the concern how to be able to associate or re-associate Greek American youth to their cultural bearings. For teen age Americans, including Greek-Americans, he envisages a special Greek language and culture college-level curriculum, i.e., while they are still in high school. The relevant program that he proposes embodies two educational elements: one remedial, familiarizing the student with the Greek language, cultural heritage and ethos, while the second, utilitarian with cost-effective educational characteristics , offers advanced placement academic credits to enhance their collegiate studies. To review the suggested structure of the program, curriculum distribution, adjunct faculty status and recruitment, tuition and expense arrangements, academic credit, and advanced college placement considerations, reference is made to the paper itself which will be included in the Proceedings of the Conference to be published hopefully soon. According to Dr. Lomis, success of this program will hinge on the academic institution with a viable Hellenic Studies program, which would provide the focus of leadership and guidance, https://www.greeknewsonline.com/?p=12163#more-12163.
Dr. Lomis’ article THE TWO FACES OF GREECE: THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST states Visiting Greece must be a programmed plan for every Greek American family. Aside from the enormous experiences and enjoyment that such a visit will provide, it also a very significant factor in providing Greece in its hour of dire need with both monetary and moral support. Furthermore, I very strongly recommend that every Greek American organization make immediate changes to its plans for its next year’s annual convention, and from now make arrangements to make its 2013 Convention in Greece, and in the locale of its background. The AHEPA certainly can have it in Athens, but the Pan Arcadians, Pan Cretans, Pan Laconians, Pan Macedonians, and all the rest of the topical societies whatever their correct names might be, will experience and transmit back to their offspring the beauty of their ancestral roots, while giving that helping hand that the region of their origin so desperately needs. It must also be realized that new bonds will be developed, just like those of my five grandchildren this year, and the remaining three that I hope will join them next year.”
In his article’s conclusion, he believes “if Greece is to successfully survive the current severe economic crisis and financial turmoil, it must change its course from that of the last three decades. It is not that the Greeks have been always all wrong. They have survived for over four millennia, so they must have done something right. It is only that the current state of ‘globalization’ came too soon and was too much for their not-yet-ready limited society. Yet, the Greek spirit endures like its native Olympic Flame and it can be extinguished only by the Greeks themselves, something their patriotic psyche and never-dying philotimo will refuse to allow.” Visit https://hellenicnews.com/index.php/component/content/article/39-news/127-the-two-faces-of-greece-the-beauty-and-the-beast
https://hellenicnews.com/index.php/component/content/article/37-important-news/137-hna-1987-2012-a-great-celebration-for-the-25-years- HNA: 1987-2012 A GREAT CELEBRATION FOR THE 25 YEARS By Dimitri G. Soultogiannis.
https://www.umsl.edu/~cosmopoulosm/people/lomis.html – Biography and Meaning of Hellenism
https://www.panmacedonian.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=163:special-article-to-the-national-herald-by-dr-dean-c-lomis&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50 Special to The National Herald A 1939 Yugoslavia postage stamp, “Jugoslavija (i.e., land of the southern Slavs),” depicts the eight..
https://hellenicnews.com/index.php/component/content/article/39-news/127-the-two-faces-of-greece-the-beauty-and-the-beast – THE TWO FACES OF GREECE: THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Photo 1 – Dr. Dean Lomis ’ unique contribution to society was honored on October 14th, 2012 at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Hellenic News of America (HNA) newspaper in the Concordville Inn-Best Western Hotel & Conference Center in Concordville, Pennsylvania
Photo 2 – Dr. Dean Lomis and his wonderful family