James N. Markakis, 81, mechanical engineer

October 01, 2002

James N. Markakis, a retired mechanical engineer and partner in a Baltimore contracting company who was active at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at St Joseph Medical Center. He was 81.

A longtime resident of the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County, Mr. Markakis was born and raised on Highland Avenue in East Baltimore, the son of immigrant Greek parents.

He was a 1939 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, and earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1942. He also earned a master's degree in the field from Hopkins in the mid-1940s.

During World War II, Mr. Markakis was an industrial engineer at Koppers Co. in Baltimore, where he worked on the design of variable-pitch aircraft propellers.

After the war, he worked for his father's industrial painting company until becoming a partner in the early 1970s in Mark Engineering Co., a Baltimore general contracting firm. He retired in 1992.

At the Cathedral of the Annunciation, he had served as president of the parish council and assisted in the planning, design and construction of the cathedral's educational and social center facilities.

Because of his service to the church, he was made an Archon of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarch. He was also a member of the Pan-Ikarian Brotherhood of the Lefkas Chapter of Baltimore-Washington.

"He was respected and highly regarded in the Greek community," said Constantine Prevas, a friend for more than a half-century.

Services were held Saturday at the cathedral.

Mr. Markakis is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Mary Hamilos; a son, Nicolas J. Markakis of Lutherville; four daughters, Johanne Markakis of Athens, Greece, and Diane Markakis, Marianne Markakis and Christina Markakis, all of Woodbrook; and two grandchildren.

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