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Akrevoe Kondopria Emmanouilides

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Kondoprias Family
Kondopria Family Theodore, Kathryn, Maria, Nicholas and Akrevoe Kondopria.
Child Nicholas Emmanouilides
Akrevoe Kondopria was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 1928, to Greek immigrant parents, Nicholas and Maria Kondopria. Her father was from the Ionian island of Lefkas, and her mother from Peramos near Constantinople. Her father was virtually illiterate but was very clever with figures. Through the years working in his small restaurant and with wise investments, he was able to support the family well. Akrevoe had two younger siblings, Kathryn and Theodore. When she started school, she not only didnít she speak English but had very bright red hair and an unusual name few classmates could pronounce. This did not hinder Akrevoe as she loved learning and excelled in all her studies. She quickly skipped second grade and graduated from high school at 16. She wanted desperately to continue her studies at a university but her father made it clear that she must follow a more traditional path -- get a job and eventually marry.

Akrevoe the Redhead
Akrevoe the redhead, 1947 
A counselor at high school urged Akrevoe to apply to the University of Pennsylvania where the Moore School of Electric Engineering needed a secretary. There she met Herman H. Goldstine, the officer between the army and the university where they were building the ENIAC Project, the first electronic computer. The ENIAC has been called the machine that changed the world, and it certainly changed hers. When ENIAC was completed in 1946, Goldstine was recruited by the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton to guide Professor John von Neumann in building another computer. Goldstine invited Akrevoe to go with him, and she accepted. During the three years at the Electronic Computer Project, she saw Albert Einstein on his daily walks to the Institute; J. Robert Oppenheimer observing the progress of the Project; T.S. Eliot on the day it was announced that he would receive a Nobel Prize; and many more scholars of the 20thCentury. For a year she lived with the family of Professor Solomon Bochner, where Mrs. Bochner taught her about classical music, art and the best colors a redhead should wear.

In 1949, Akrevoe returned to Philadelphia and went to work for a Jewish Settlement Home. At a family Easter event, she met a Greek from Egypt. They eloped after 10 days which shocked and saddened her parents. They lived in New York. As a young bride, she found a job at New York University as secretary in the Philosophy Department, headed by Professor Sidney Hook, one of the most famous American philosophers. The couple had a son, Nicholas, but the marriage ended in five years.

Dr. Emmanouilides and Akrevoe Wedding 
Dr. Emmanouilides and Akrevoe Wedding
In the video interview that accompanies this article, Akrevoe delightfully shares how she met her husband, Dr. George Emmanouilides, on a Greyhound bus. They came to Los Angeles in 1961, where Dr. E was Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center throughout his important career. In addition to Nicholas, George and Akrevoe are the parents of Elizabeth, Christopher, Vasilia Martha, and Sophia and grandparents of Anastasia, Nika, Chloe and Isabella. Akrevoe has been very active in the Greek community for many years, and she shares some of these activities with you in her interview. Both Dr. Emmanouilides and Akrevoe have left their mark in the community

The Greek Heritage Society wishes to thank Akrevoe K. Emmanouilides for providing information and photos. The interview for this segment was conducted on December 12, 2005. Dr. Gus T. Dalis, Harry Ratner and Zoye Marino Fidler of the Greek Heritage Society edited the interview.

Emmanouilides Children   Emmanouilides Family
Emmanouilides Children
  Emmanouilides Family
Top: Chris, Elizabeth, Nicholas; Second Row: Akrevoe and George; Bottom: Vasilia Martha, Sophia

 

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