Polydefkis, Dimitri G.

January 07, 2007

DIMITRI GEORGE POLYDEFKIS, MD, died peacefully in his home on January 3 following a long battle with cancer.M-BM- He was 79.M-BM- He graduated from medical school at Aristotle University in Thessalonica, Greece. Fluent in Greek, English, French and German, Dr. Polydefkis then served in the army as an interpreter between the Greek and Allied forces. Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Nobel laureate who built the famous missionary hospital at LambarenM-CM-), had a big influence on Dr. Polydefkis' life after he met Dr. Schweitzer at his home in Alsace. Recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Dr. Polydefkis immigrated to the United States and received further medical training at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and the Institute of Livingin New Haven, Conn., where he specialized in psychiatry. He subsequently went into private practice in the Chicago area and Brooklyn, New York.M-BM- He is survived by his wife Lee Carmichael Polydefkis, three children, Alexandra Burns of Bryn Mawr, PA, Christina Pahl of Palo Alto, CA, and Michael Polydefkis, MD, who is a doctor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and five grandchildren. M-BM- A private memorial service will be held in Baltimore, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Dr. Polydefkis to Johns Hopkins University, c/o Kim Morton, 100 N. CharlesM-BM- St, Suite 402, Baltimore, MD21201.

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