Constantine Skedros

March 9, 1923November 11, 2012

Constantine James Skedros, age 89, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2012 surrounded by his loving children. Born March 9, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah to immigrant Greek parents James Skedros and Angeline Lymberiou. Con, as he was better known, married Anna Kumarelas in 1958 and together they raised four children. He graduated from East High School in 1940 and attended the University of Utah where he was a member of the ROTC. In 1943 he enlisted in the Army and served in the Army Air Corp in England, France and Germany during World War II. After the war he returned to the University of Utah where he earned both his bachelor and master degrees in history. He initially taught at the elementary and middle school levels before joining the faculty at West High School in Salt Lake City where he taught U.S. History for 32 years as well as the Advanced Placement course in US history and directed the Model UN program. In 1987 he retired from teaching after 37 years. A highly respected and effective teacher he was a natural educator with an impeccable memory, a spirit of encouragement, sense of humor, and high standards. A very active lifetime member of the Greek Orthodox Church of Salt Lake City, he served for several terms on the Parish Council and was president of the parish in 1982-83. He was on many other church related committees notably serving many years on the Planning Development Committee, secretary for the 14th Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese held in Salt Lake City in June 1958, and secretary of the Building Committee for the Prophet Elias Church (1967-70). He taught Sunday School for many years. In 1986, he received the St. Paul Medal from Archbishop Iakovos for his service to the Greek Orthodox Community of Salt Lake City. In 1995, he was honored by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with the appointment as Archon (depoutatos) of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the highest honor bestowed on a lay member of the Greek Orthodox Church. Historian of the Greek Orthodox community of Salt Lake, he was a founding member of the Hellenic Cultural Association and worked tirelessly in the development of the Hellenic Cultural Museum, serving as historian and archivist for the museum and its library. He was an active member and former officer of the Society of Athanasios Diakos and a member of AHEPA. His commitment to community service extended well beyond his religious and ethnic background. He served as a board member for the Guadalupe School, was a member of Argenta Lodge #3, a board member of the Utah Humanities Council (1988-94), board member of the National Conference of Community and Justice (1995-2001), a member of the credit committee of the Salt Lake Teachers' Credit Union, and a board member of the Oral History Institute of Utah. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He was the recipient of many awards and recognitions including the Contribution Award from the Utah Historical Society, Teacher of the Year Award Kiwanis and Rotary Club, Hellenic Cultural Association Axios Award, St. Sophia School Award, and most recently the Utah State History Outstanding Contribution Award. In 2005 he authored the book Faith and Fervor commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of the Greek Orthodox community of Salt Lake City. This book was based on his much larger chronicle of the Greek Orthodox Community which he had been working on for many years, sifting through archival materials, oral histories, and his own documentation. Known as the official historian of the Greek Orthodox community of Salt Lake he had an uncanny knowledge of family histories, Greek-owned businesses and local church community history. His passing marks the loss of an irreplaceable link between the first generation Greek immigrants to the Salt Lake valley and the current vibrant community they established. He enjoyed reading, having coffee with his friends, conversing with his grandchildren, and staying abreast of local, national, and international news. Proud of his ethnic heritage, he was a man of great character, kindness and wisdom. He saw the value, goodness, and potential in everyone he met. A man of faith and integrity, he was a dedicated husband and father who made sure that his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews knew their heritage, faith and family history as a way of providing them with a foundation for wherever their hearts led them in life. He is survived by his children Angela (Philip) Kithas, Nia (Tim) Reganis, James (Stephanie) Skedros of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and Cindy Skedros and his grandchildren Antigone, Andrew, and Anthony Kithas, Anna Reganis, and Anna, Francesca and Rebecca Skedros. He is also survived by his brother Gregory Skedros with whom he had a special closeness and bond, many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, godchildren and many friends. Preceded in death by his parents and his wife Anna. The family wishes to thank Dr. Katherine Anderson for her compassionate care as Con's physician. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 16 at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 279 South 300 West, Salt Lake City. Friends may call at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm with a Trisagion (prayer service) at 7:30 pm. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hellenic Cultural Association, 279 So. 300 West, SLC, Utah, 84101 or the Anthony G. Skedros Memorial Charitable Fund. May his memory be eternal.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 16, 2012

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December 12, 2012

Mr.Skedros was my civics/homeroom teacher during my senior year at West. We who were his students owe much to his engaging style; always inviting comment and repartee, cultivating our critical capacities. I was later privileged to know him as an archon of our parish. During one of our last in- depth conversations, I asked him what he was reading, and he mentioned a recent history of the Roman republic, advising me 'you oughta take a look at it'. I read the library copy the very next week. He was right; it was a good book. We pray his memory will be eternal and I for one, will never forget him.
Buddy Franck

Aundrea (Auger) Hamilton

November 28, 2012

Dear Skedros Family,
I attended West High School and Mr. Skedros class in US History was one of my very favorite ones. He was a very good teacher. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this time.

Dianne ( Auger) Faurschou Class of '68

November 27, 2012

I was privileged to be a student of Mr. Skedros at West High in the 60's....when so much was going on in our country and around the world. I remember the day the USS Pueblo was seized in January of 1968. We got a lot of mileage in our American Problems class out of that scenario. Everything he taught us was interesting and pertinent! I always looked forward to fourth period and his class. He had a way of teaching without one really realizing one was being taught! When I think of my years at West, I always think of Mr. Skedros, his teaching methods, his knowledge of History was phenomenal, and his humor. As a result, I have ALWAYS loved History! Thank you, Mr. Skedros, for your love and devotion to teaching! You were heard and we are all better for having heard you. Heaven must have been in need of a History lesson!! He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. Rest in Peace Master Teacher!

November 21, 2012

Dear Skedros Family.....I was a student teacher at West High School assigned to Con in the fall of 1979. Con was a great teacher, and a better person. He gave me sage advice about my chosen career, and life. He was such a character, he always had a twinkle in his eye, and a story to tell. I would see him occasionally at Dan's market and he would alway ask me if I was still shoplifting here! He has influenced many, many persons over the years, and I am one of them. Con is one of the reasons I have been in Catholic Education for last 33 years. I respect him a great deal, and I wish your family the best, God Bless you all.

November 21, 2012

I was so saddened to hear about Mr. Skedros and sorry I couldn't attend the funeral since I was out of town. What a kind and wonderful man. Each time I saw him, he would ask me how teaching was and always make me feel proud to be a teacher. My deepest condelences. May his memory be eternal.
Dessie Olson and family

Lonny Richmond-Burton

November 20, 2012

Dear Skedros Family

I was a student of Mr. Skedros at West High School. What an amazing teacher and man! He was truly one of a kind and inspired many students-including both my parents. He retired with my graduation class of 1987 and we were thrilled to have him go out in style with us. He knew how to motivate us and expected nothing short of excellence.
I was reunited with him when I married into the Greek community 10 years later. I am blessed to have known him!

JoAnna Katsos

November 20, 2012

To The Skedros Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Skedros was such a wonderful teacher and such a gentleman.

Rosann Winther

November 20, 2012

To the Skedros Family.... Reading these pages you will see that he was special to so many... but he had the knack of making each of us feel that WE were the special ones... Always a smile, a keen look of interest, head bowed forward eagerly to catch every word we had to tell him about our lives since he last saw us... I new Mr Skedros from Holy Trinity Sunday School and he was a dear friend to my family (as he was to all of the Greek community) but I really came to know and appreciate him as a fine educator during my American Problems class in '64-'65. Those were eventful years in America and Con always encouraged us to think for our selves. He challenged us to examine how we had arrived at our beliefs and opinions but never judged. His enthusiasm for learning both about American as well as our shared Greek heritage made be proud to be part of both heritages. I looked forward to seeing him every year at Greek Festival. When my grand-daughter recently did a report on the '60's and her yiaya's place in that decade, I told her that it started with my most stimulating teacher, Mr. Skedros, in his American Problems class. To his family.. thank you for sharing him with us... Thank you Con... your memory will truly be eternal.
Rosann Mastoris Winther West High 1965


November 19, 2012

Sorry to hear of the passing of CON as I
knew him for many years, my sincere
sympathy to the family

Susan (Campbell) Smart

November 19, 2012

Mr. Skedros was a marvelous teacher. Every class was an adventure in learning new and wonderful things. I had him for American Problems and will never forget the day he was called to the office and returned to class to tell us that President Kennedy had been shot. We all cried together and I realized at that moment how special he was and my life would be forever changed having him as my teacher. My deepest sympathy to the family. Your father's reach is probably felt all over the country.