Mary Cakiades, a long-term DoDDS teacher in the primary grades, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 13th, in her Manhattan home. The cause of death was a massive stroke. Mary had arrived several days before from her other home in Sarasota, Florida, to spend Easter with her extended family. She was in her seventies.
Mary was educated in the New York City Public Schools. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and her Master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. She also did extensive graduate work at other universities.
Mary taught for six years in the New York City Schools before starting her DoDDS career. Her first overseas assignment was Mannheim, Germany (1966-69), followed by Crete (1969-70), Athens, Greece (1972-81) and Naples, Italy (1982-96 ).
Survivors include: sisters, Lee Manolatos (Dr. Spero) and Elizabether Tumino, brother Peter (Mandy)Cakiades, and nephews Thomas Tumino, and Athos and George Cakiades.