for Exploring Classical Arts and Culture
Konstantinos G. Stamboulidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1923. His mother’s family was from the island of Corfu, and his father’s from the island of Kythnos. As a teenager, he was part of the Resistance during World War II, braving imprisonment and a death sentence, which was later commuted. After the War, he attended the Medical School of the University of Athens. He practiced as an internist in Athens until the mid-1960s, when he immigrated to the United States. In the U.S., he trained in psychiatry and practiced as a psychiatrist until his retirement in 2000. He struggled for many years with Parkinson’s disease, and tried as best he could to continue working and doing what he enjoyed, despite his illness. He passed away on January 1, 2013.
Konstantinos visited the University of Michigan while his daughter was a student there. He would have been pleased that a fund was established in his name to help students explore Classical arts and culture. He was proud of the ancient history of Greece, and found the words of the Classical philosophers and playwrights to be a source of much wisdom. He studied Ancient Greek in school, before he went to University, and regretted not continuing with his studies, because he wished to know more about the culture.
Anna Stamboulidis was born in Athens, Greece on January 27, 1926, to parents who were refugees from Asia Minor. She came with her parents to the United States when she was two years old. She grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Chester High School. Anna learned to speak Greek from her parents, and she learned to read and write in Greek from the Greek school at her church. She married Konstantinos in 1963, and they had one child, Maria. Anna was a stay-at-home mom. Giving a gift to the University of Michigan means a lot to Anna because it is a way to honor her husband’s memory. Anna also visited the University of Michigan and thought the students and faculty were very dedicated and hardworking. She is happy to establish a fund that will help to make the students’ learning experience more enjoyable.