Col. John Basil Farmakides

September 23, 1928May 7, 2019
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The Honorable John Basil Farmakides passed away on May 7, 2019, at 90 years of age. He was the eldest child of Basil John and Anna Maria Farmakides.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 54 years, Maria; his sons, B. John and George, their spouses Angela and Paulette respectively; his five grandchildren, Yanni, Anthony, Maria, Stella and Tom; and his youngest brother, Spyro.

John was born in Symi, Greece before becoming a U.S. citizen. He served honorably with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and retired as a Colonel. John served as a judge in several capacities including as a Chief Administrative Judge for the City Council of New Orleans and as Chairman of the Board of Appeals for the US. Department of Energy.

His legal career included various government positions with the Atomic Energy Commission, National Science Foundation, NASA, and the U.S. Patent Office. He was an adjunct professor at American University law school, he authored articles in professional journals, and served as past president for the Cosmos Club, A.H.E.P.A., and the American Legion. He was a graduate of Case Western Reserve, George Washington, and Georgetown Universities.

The visitation will be held from 10 AM until 11 AM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 2815 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007.

The funeral service begins at 11 AM. The burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations may be made in John’s memory to St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC and/or St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda MD.


  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 13, 2019


Col. John Basil Farmakides

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Leslie Russo

May 9, 2019

To all of you: Rita, the boys and their families, he was a wonderful man. So sad he is gone but left with giving you all the gift of wonderful memories for so long. Take care. With much love, Leslie

Mary Ann Paturis

May 9, 2019

Dear Maria and family: Michael and I are truly sorry to hear of your beloved John's passing. His memory is eternal where we shall all meet again in the comfort of our Lord in Heaven.