Andreopoulos, Dr. Yiannis

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Dr. Yiannis Andreopoulos, March 19, 1948-October 20, 2021

Dr. Yiannis Andreopoulos of Orangeburg, NY passed away peacefully on October 20 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his family and friends.

Born in Athens, Greece, on March 19, 1948, Yiannis earned a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and Master of Science and D.I.C. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Department of Aeronautics of the Imperial College, London University. He held postdoctoral research appointments at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and at Princeton University before accepting a professorship at The City College of New York, Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he served as Michael Pope Professor of Energy Research, a title awarded to him many years ago in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to research. Earlier this year, the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York, by unanimous consent, recognized Dr. Andreopoulos’ life-long achievements with the tittle of Distinguished Professor, the highest academic honor that the University can bestow upon faculty who have reached exceptional scholarly achievement.

Yiannis married his wife, Veta in 1984 and they settled in Orangeburg, NY, where they raised their daughter, Dora (Pavlos) Andreopoulos-Malonoukos, a pharmacist at Northwell Health. He was an active volunteer in his church community, particularly the Greek school of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of West Nyack. A voracious reader and crossword puzzle devotee, he also enjoyed tennis. He cherished summer visits to his native Greece and particularly the town of Delphi where his mother’s family originated and where he maintained a home. Yiannis was a devoted family man, a brilliant scientist and a loyal friend who will be remembered for his kindness, quiet strength, calm demeanor, intellectual curiosity, and love of children.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Dr. Andreopoulos is survived by his brother Panos (Maria), his sister-in-law Tonia (George; deceased) of Athens, Greece, his nieces and other relatives in Greece and Ohio as well as many friends in the United States and abroad.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Andreopoulos can be made to advance Pancreatic Cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Click here to donate.