He came to Princeton for junior year from Moraitis School and the National Technical University in Athens (NTUA). He immediately showed his academic prowess, graduating with highest honors in civil engineering with election to Phi Beta Kappa. Vassilis roomed with Mageirou, Haning, Sease ’73, and Monoyios ’72.
Vassilis earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Harvard in 1976 and then taught at the University of Tennessee until 1983. He married Tina in 1976 and had a daughter, Anastasia, in 1979 and a son, Achilles, in 1986.
Vassilis had a remarkable career in applied mathematics as a researcher, administrator, and educator. In 1983, he returned to Greece and served on the faculty at the University of Crete and NTUA. In 1993, he joined the University of Athens mathematics department, elevating its status to international excellence before retiring as professor emeritus in 2016. He served as board chairman of the renowned Foundation for Research and Technology and its Computational Mathematics Institute.
Vassilis was honored with the Outstanding University Educator Award and authored the standard textbook on numerical analysis in Greece. He served as a Princeton Schools Committee interviewer.
The class extends its condolences to Tina, Anastasia, Achilles, two grandchildren, and other family and friends.