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Angeline “Angie” Papadakis

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Her civic minded persona had her appointed to many boards and commissions throughout the years. Some of her appointments included the: Los Angeles Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Executive Board; Los Angeles Citizens Advisory Commission; Los Angeles County Board of Education; Director of United Way, Inc.; Chairman of the Harbor Round Table Against Youth Violence; Commissioner with the Department of Public Social Service – LA County; California State Little Hoover Commission. She is also the founder and director of the Los Angeles Harbor Area Gang Alternative Program (GAP).

John, Angie and Tom in 2011

Angie Papadakis has been awarded numerous honors and commendations. Some included: Woman of the Year, 2007 by the LA County Commission; Woman of the Year for the 51st Assembly District; Salvation Army Sage of the Year; Boy Scouts Citizen of the Year; Long Beach City College Senior Citizen of the Year; and the “Amicus Collegii” Award from Los Angeles Harbor College.

John Papadakis, her son, says “Angie was an entertainer, a motivator – many called her an inspiration…Three different governors considered her the most outstanding person to represent them in appointed positions… She spoke twice at the White House – once representing California and the second time on behalf of the Greek Cypriot cause.”

Angie Papadakis is one of those rare people whose life will inevitably be measured by the powerful impact she had on the lives of others. It is a life well-lived.

Family photo taken at the last evening of Papadakis Taverna with all of the grandchildren.


The Greek Heritage Society wishes to thank John Papadakis and Ellen Papadakis for their invaluable help. Information for this article was provided by John Papadakis, taken from an article by Kirsten West Savali and the 1997 Greek Heritage Society interview. The professional photo of Angie Papadakis was taken by her grandson Taso Papadakis, a professional photographer. Other photos were provided by Ellen Papadakis and the Greek Heritage Society archive. The Greek Heritage Society thanks Diana Savas for her editing assistance for this article. Greek Heritage Society members on this project are Gus T. Dalis, Zoye Marino Fidler, and Harry Ratner.

December 2012



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