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|Peter Dionysios Koutsandreas|
|Viewing: January 2, 2020 (Thursday) from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM|
Service: January 2, 2020 (Thursday) at 11:00 AM
Location: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2815 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Peter D. Koutsandreas
Celebrating a Life of Service
Peter D. Koutsandreas, former NASA Apollo Manned Flight Project Leader, and Board Director of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral dies at 93 of health complications at Suburban Hospital.
Pete Koutsandreas was a proud father with a huge heart who served his country, his church, and his community for a lifetime of service.
Born in 1926 in Greece and brought to America as a one-year-old baby where Pete grew up in Washington DC. After attending Eastern High School, he attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University. He later married Cleo, where he raised his family in Bethesda, Maryland.
Commissioned as a Corporal in the Army, Pete served with the U.S. Army during the WWII. He was stationed at the University of Maine, working on Industrial and Mechanical Engineering solutions and continued his service for the Department of the Army’s Office, Chief of Ordnance in Alabama until 1962, working on guided missile systems.
Following the Military, Pete worked for the NASA Apollo Manned Space Flight program as a Project Manager, where he was involved in planning and analysis in the development, performance, and reliability of a complete aerospace vehicle. His responsibilities included installed subsystems, technological areas, electronics, structure propulsion, thermal protection, power generation, and guidance and control systems.
After a long career at NASA, he led Grant contract negotiations for American University.
Pete’s commitment to the church was unrivaled, covering 82 years of service. Starting as an altar boy at the age of 11, he served the church in a variety of roles, including President and Board Director. Pete was considered by many as the heart of Saint Sophia and literally helped build the church from the ground up. He worked with the team and architect Archie Protopapas of New York City to design the church and was along-side President Dwight D. Eisenhower for the cornerstone laid at the groundbreaking of Saint Sophia and the first service celebrated on February 20, 1955.
Pete is survived by his two daughters, Adrienne K. Tiller and Michelle K. Wingate (Paul) Adrienne and Michelle Wingate, and three grandchildren: Philip Tiller and Slater and Julia Wingate and brother John Koutsandreas and sister in law, Katherine. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be offered on Thursday, January 2 at 11 a.m. with public viewing from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2815 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Peter Koutsandreas fund for the restoration of St. Sophia.
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