Greek and Academic Communities Mourn Loss of

Professor Helen Karanikas

The first to be named a Distinguished Professor by the City Colleges of Chicago, Helen Karanikas taught courses in Humanities for over 40 years at Wright. She earned a Masters Degree in English from the University of Chicago. 

She died on Monday, the 10th of January, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after a series of health setbacks. 

Her love for teaching was exceeded only by her love for her family. She and her husband, Dr. Alexander Karanikas, himself an educator, celebrated theirs 56th anniversary on January 2nd. They spent summers in New Hampshire where he grew up.

Helen is survived by him and by their three daughters: Marianthe Vaia, Dianna Christine (Jackson) Harvey, and Cynthia Maria; her granddaughter Maya Elena Harvey; her two younger brothers, John and Peter (Frances) Karagianes, and her three nephews: Frank, James and Mark.

A scholarship in the name of Helen Karanikas will be established at Wright where she taught for so many years.

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