George N. Hatsopoulos, Former Chairman of the CYA Board of Trustees, dies at 91

We are deeply sad to announce that George N. Hatsopoulos passed away in Lincoln, MA at the age of 91 after a long illness.

George was a professor of Thermodynamics at MIT and a man of a strong enterprising spirit. His creation, the Thermo Electron Corporation, which he founded in a garage in 1956 grew to become a Fortune 500 company. He was CEO and later Chairman of the Board of ‘Thermo’ until his retirement. He was an author, a recipient of numerous awards, and a consultant to several US Presidents.

George served loyally as a Trustee of CYA for 46 years and as Chairman of its Board of Trustees for 33 of those years (from 1970-2003). The Board paid tribute to his vital leadership and noted on his departure from the chairmanship that “he was the driving force during CYA’s formative years and the leading proponent in CYA’s acquiring ownership of its educational and administrative facilities”. CYA owes a lot to George; he and his wife Daphne have been CYA’s biggest benefactors.

The CYA family extends to Daphne and to their children, Nicho and Marina and to their families, warm condolences and sympathy for the passing of this great man.

Obituary for George Nicholas Hatsopoulos
January 7, 1927 - September 20, 2018 
Lincoln, Massachusetts | Age 91

George N. Hatsopoulos age 91 of Lincoln passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at his residence. He was the husband of 59 years to Daphne (Phylactopoulou) Hatsopoulos. Father of Nicholas G. Hatsopoulos of Chicago, Marina Hatsopoulos Bornhorst and husband Walter Bornhorst of Boston. Grandfather of Zoe, Natasha, Christopher and Thomas Bornhorst of Boston. Brother of John Hatsopoulos and wife Patricia of Nassau, Bahamas. Brother-in-law of Alexis Phylactopoulos and wife Mariella of Athens, Greece. Also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember George for a period of visitation on Monday, Sept. 24 from 2:00-3:00 pm in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 17 Merriam St., Lexington. His funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm. Burial in Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, MA.

In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, payable to Technology Enterprise Forum, c/o Antoinette Matthews, 1 Main St., 13 Floor, Cambridge, MA 02141 - https://www.mitefgreece.org/donate or to College Year in Athens, P.O. Box 390890, Cambridge, MA 02139 https://www.cyathens.org/148/1/Donate-now/
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