In Memoriam: Professor Diogenes J. Angelakos, 1919-1997

Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 09:28:53 -0700
From: Jeff Bokor 

Many of you interacted with Diog for many years, and I thought you would
wish to receive this unhappy news.  Please pass along to any former Lab
Directors or anyone else who would wish to receive it.

Jeff Bokor


     Diogenes James Angelakos  

(Chicago, 1919 --- Berkeley, 1997)

Diogenes Angelakos, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Sciences and former Director, Electronics
Research Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley passed
away peacefully in the company of his daughter Erica at around 10:30
am. on the morning of June 7th, 1997.

Diogenes, or Diog as he was known affectionately, was an expert in the
area of electromagnetic fields and waves, microwaves and wireless
communications. He was a dedicated teacher, text book writer, beloved
colleague and professor extra-ordinaire to his students. Perhaps he is
best known for having been the Director of the Electronics Research
Laboratory for over 20 years. Diog was born in Chicago, matriculated
from Notre Dame University and received his Ph. D. from Harvard. During
his distinguished career he received many awards and honors including
Berkeley's highest honor, the Berkeley Citation in 1990.

Diog was a bundle of energy and good cheer, and his indomitable will
helped him weather many trials in his life including the loss to cancer
of his wife, Helen in 1982 and son, Demetri in 1979. He was also the
second bombing victim of the infamous Unabomber in 1982. Even after
``retiring'' from the University in 1990, he continued a career of
active involvement in University affairs, serving variously as
Department Chairman, Electronics Research Laboratory Director,
Ombudsman, and so on. He is best known for wandering the hallways with
a ready smile and volunteering his ``joke du jour''. We mourn his
passing and celebrate his life and all that he touched.

In addition to his daughter Erica, he is survived by his brother Chris
Angelakos and his sister Bessie Scholl of Luddington, Michigan.

Funeral arrangements are as follows: visitors can attend a Trisagion
and pay their last respects at the Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding
Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501 on Tuesday June 10th at 7:00 pm. A Funeral
service and mass will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Oakland
on Wednesday, June 11th at 11:00 am. 

In lieu of flowers, visitors may
send their contributions to the ``Demetri Angelakos Fund'', in care of
the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Room
231 Cory Hall, University of California, Berkeley. CA 94720-1770. The
fund established in memory of Demetri Angelakos recognizes an
outstanding graduate student each year for his scholastic and altruistic 
achievements in the Department of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Sciences at Berkeley.