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Dimitrios Cotomatas ’61

Published in Oct. 24, 2007, issue

Dimitri Cotomatas died June 20, 2007, after a brief illness.

Dimitri was born in Athens, Greece. He contracted polio at age 5 and came to the United States for treatment. He stayed on, graduating from Snyder High School in Jersey City, N.J.

At Princeton, he majored in philosophy. He was among a pioneering group of juniors establishing and joining Wilson Lodge. He roomed at Edwards and senior year at Gauss. His roommates included Athanassiades, Hunter, Peluso, Pinto, and Wheeler.

He joined TWA, rising to director of systems and programming. In the early 1970s he established his own company, Systems and Programming International, which he ran very successfully until his retirement.

Post-polio syndrome had a detrimental effect on Dimitri. Despite this, he enjoyed life to its fullest, with a busy business schedule and frequent entertaining with family and friends. He traveled extensively while at TWA and loved to discuss social and political issues. He was an eternal optimist, full of energy and enthusiasm.

Dimitri is survived by his wife, Mary, and a sister and her family. The class extends its sympathy to them.

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