James George Mandris, 90, refrigeration engineer

April 15, 2005

James George Mandris, a retired refrigeration engineer and decorated World War II veteran, died of congestive heart failure Monday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 90.

Born in Sparta, Greece, he served in the Greek army's infantry during World War II. Mr. Mandris served as a security escort for the royal family when it was in exile in Africa from 1943 to 1946, and during World War II was a prisoner of war for two years in Procida, Italy.

He was later awarded freedom medals by Greece's King Paul for his efforts in fighting communist forces in the Greek Civil War of the 1940s.

He settled in Annapolis in 1951 and was a refrigeration engineer at the Annapolis Yacht Yard's freezer box division. He also designed and installed large refrigeration warehouses for grocery stores and the seafood industry.

Mr. Mandris was a former board member of SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Annapolis and vice president and secretary of the American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association.

In his spare time, he built his own home and raised magnolia trees from seed, which he presented as gifts.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at SS. Constantine and Helen, 2747 Riva Road, Annapolis.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 59 years, the former Pauline James; a son, George James "Kip" Mandris of Baltimore; a daughter, Christina Mandris Turner of Malvern, Pa.; a brother, Chris Mandrapilias of Toronto; and three grandchildren.

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