Harry George Mendros, M.D., passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, two days after celebrating his 80th birthday, surrounded by his family. He touched many lives through his work as a psychiatrist, spending the past 12 years working for the State Department of Corrections. Dr. Mendros was born Jan. 24, 1935, in Saco, Maine. He was the youngest of 11 children born to Greek parents, George and Pota. He joined the U.S. Navy at 17 years old and then went on to attend Nasson College, where he achieved his B.A. in chemistry. He then lived in Athens, Greece, to attend medical school, where he met his wife, Thekla. The two married Dec. 21, 1969, in Halkidiki, Greece. Upon graduation from medical school, he returned to the U.S., where he completed his residency, then re-enlisted with the Navy, ultimately receiving an honorable discharge at the rank of lieutenant commander. Dr. and Mrs. Mendros returned to Oklahoma, where Dr. Mendros treated patients until the week of his passing. His last request of his wife was to recite to him the first Bible prayer he learned in Greek, The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, minutes prior to his passing. He enjoyed spending time with his family, his work, gardening, basketball, board games and studying the Bible. He will be greatly missed. We will see him again at The River. Dr. Mendros is survived by his loving wife, Thekla; his children Jaye Mendros of Edmond, Jorge Mendros of Norman, Steve Mendros of Enid, Harry G. Mendros Jr. of Norman, Bethleem Mendros McGill of Moore and Sophia Mendros of Oklahoma City; grandchild, Grace Mendros-Ruffner of Edmond; daughter-in-law, Cassandra Mendros; and grandchildren Aleczandrionna, Harry Steve and AveryAnn Mendros, all of Enid; son-in-law, David McGill and grandson Lance Hutter and step-granddaughter, Milan McGill, all of Moore; his sisters Dorothy Pappavasiliou and Vasiliki Caras of Saco, Maine; brother, James Mendros of Kittery, Maine; and many nieces, nephews and cousins he loved dearly in Maine and Greece. Friends and family attended funeral services Friday Jan. 30 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City. Burial followed at Norman IOOF Cemetery. Arrangements were by Moore Funeral and Cremation in Moore.
Published on February 4, 2015