George Mesologites, 90, engineer, restaurant owner

May 30, 2006|By JULIE BYKOWICZ | JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER

George Mesologites, who owned a 24-hour restaurant at Bethlehem Steel for almost 40 years, died of congestive heart failure early Thursday morning at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 90.

Mr. Mesologites, an active member of the local Greek-American community, was a past president of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association's Baltimore chapter.

"He became president of pretty much everything he was ever a member of," said his nephew Stephen J. Sfekas. "He was just that kind of person."

Mr. Mesologites, a Towson resident, also was a former president of the Restaurant Association of Maryland and Chatterleigh Association of Maryland. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.

Born in New York City, Mr. Mesologites moved with his family to Highlandtown in 1926. About that time, his father opened the Wire and Pipe Mill cafeteria in the Bethlehem Steel complex at Sparrows Point.

The younger Mr. Mesologites graduated from City College in 1933. His family believes that he was one of the two last surviving members of that class. In later years, Mr. Mesologites took accounting classes at the University of Baltimore and journalism classes at the Johns Hopkins University.

After graduating from high school, Mr. Mesologites became a test engineer at Bethlehem Steel. He worked there until 1948, when he became a co-owner of the cafeteria with his father.

The 24-hour carryout and cafeteria operated until the early 1980s, when Mr. Mesologites retired and the steel complex was being scaled back.

Mr. Mesologites moved to Towson in the 1970s, after living for many years in the Lake Montebello area.

"He loved Baltimore," said his son, Dr. Constantine G. Mesologites of West Hartford, Tenn. "He loved the people. He really touched a lot of people."

Relatives called Mr. Mesologites "Uncle Glue" because of the way he held together his family with stories, celebrations and love, said his godson, Christopher Peters.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation at Maryland Avenue and Preston Street.

Mr. Mesologites also is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Anastasia A. Anargyros; two daughters, Carolyne A. Geller of Seattle and Evonne E. Fell of Memphis, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and six great-granddaughters.

julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com

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