Well known Professor Peter Yiannos of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on July 2 at the age of 80. Having lived a moderate life, in the sense that he was a beloved and active member of the Greek-American community who never caused problems to his friends, he had written his eulogy to offer advice to younger people.
“Read, understand and experience the spiritual and intellectual wealth and treasure of Greece as well that of America’s significant figures. You should live in compliance with your earnings, and even, as if you had even less. In other words, spend less than you earn! This lifestyle would give you a peaceful and safe life,” he wrote.
Yiannos, born in Ayios Sostis area in Olympia in 1932, moved to the United States in 1951. He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri and earned his PhD degree at the Lawrence University. He was an active member of the American Hellenic Institute, the Hellenic University Club of Wilmington, AHEPA, the Hellenic Community of Wilmington and other Greek-American organizations. His contribution in promoting Greek heritage and language abroad was major.
In his self-eulogy, he concluded that “And now we have to separate from each other; you have to live and I have to go across the river. As Socrates reminded us few minutes before he died, only God knows where is more convenient for us!”