George M. Janouris Sr., 64, Md. Boxing Hall of Fame member, printing executive

October 05, 2002|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

George M. Janouris Sr., a printing executive and former amateur boxer who was a member of the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame, died of a heart attack Wednesday at Harbor Hospital Center. He was 64.

Mr. Janouris, who lived in Brooklyn, was born in Wheeling, W.Va., the son of Greek immigrants. He later moved to Highlandtown with his family and attended Patterson Park High School. He left school in 11th grade, after the death of his father, to help support his family.

Mr. Janouris had learned wrestling from an older brother, and several friends suggested he learn boxing. In 1953, they introduced him to trainer Mack Lewis, who eventually became his coach.

FOR THE RECORD - George M. Janouris:
An obituary in Saturday's editions for George M. Janouris misstated the name of a surviving son, Anthony M. Janouris of Bel Air.
The Sun regrets the error.

"Mack Lewis and Mickey O'Donnell [who also coached him] thought highly of George because of the way he conducted himself," said Ray H. Leonard, a past president of Veterans Boxing Association International Ring 101 and a member of the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame.

"He was a kind person with a certain charisma about himself that everyone seemed to recognize. ... He was certainly respected by the people that knew or met him," he said.

In an interview with the Veterans Boxing Association International Ring 101 after being inducted into the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame in 1987, Mr. Janouris attributed his success in the ring to Mr. Lewis.

"Mr. Mack was the down-to-earth, reap-as-you-sow-type, and he had more influence on me than any other man in my life," said Mr. Janouris.

He recalled the rules about sportsmanship; that "machismo was proved in the ring, not outside of it;" there was to be no cursing and voices were not to be raised in anger.

"Mr. Mack always said to work hard, win with grace, lose with dignity and always try to be a gentleman and a credit to our gym and boxing," said Mr. Janouris.

Mr. Janouris posted an overall record of 48 wins and 3 losses. While serving in the Army from 1957 to 1959, he won the 27th Division Title and was the 25th Division tournament runner-up.

After leaving boxing in 1960, he sold printing equipment for Weber Marking Systems Inc., then established Flexprint Graphics, a Curtis Bay specialty printing company in 1984.

He enjoyed playing the guitar and chess.

His marriage to the former Betty Meadows ended in divorce.

Services are private.

Mr. Janouris is survived by two sons, George M. Janouris Jr. of Belcamp and Arthur M. Janouris of Bel Air; a daughter, Michelle A. Terry of San Antonio; a brother, Gus Janouris of Dundalk; 15 grandchildren; and his companion, Christine Webster of Brooklyn.

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