Theodore “Ted” G. Maragos, age 73, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 25, 2006 with his family by his side, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. Ted met his cancer diagnoses head on with courage and a positive, prayerful attitude.
Ted was born March 3, 1933 in Minot, North Dakota to father George S. Maragos who immigrated from Kastania Kalavukus, Greece and mother Constance Angelopoulos who immigrated from Gargarlaini, Greece. Ted, their second born son, was a joyful addition to the Maragos family. His calm, giving nature was greatly appreciated by his mother, as the number of children grew to nine. We feel certain Teddy's skill for negotiating “the way of the peaceful warrior” began in his childhood.
From the age of 5 until he went to college, Ted worked side by side with his father and brothers in their retail grocery store business. Sunday afternoons were special for the Minot community. Many gathered for homemade ice cream and fresh popcorn at the family store. Ted's parents were caring, socially conscious people, who led by example, establishing early on in their children, an ever growing tradition of service to community and beyond. Ted embraced this tradition as a young man, building his life upon its merits. Theodore George Maragos grew into a handsome, extraordinary man, with unique gifts and talents. His service and contributions throughout his lifetime are too numerous to recount, thus we share some highlights.
Ted attended the University of North Dakota from 1951-1955. His presence and abilities were recognized and awarded by his peers and the UND faculty. He brought his vision and programs to Phi Delta Theta General Counsel during his tenure from 1966-1970. While he was on the General Counsel, he developed and helped to lead programs that were incorporated into the fraternity for the next 20 years.
At the of age 27, Ted served as the youngest legislator ever elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives and was voted the most outstanding legislator for the 1960-1962 session.
Ted's family is most proud of his groundbreaking work in the field of mental health. Ted's vision, tireless almost single-handed devotion for this less fortunate segment of the population was embraced and supported by Dr. Carbone then the head of North Dakota State Hospital, Jamestown, ND. The end result of Ted's work was the development of the mental health centers throughout the major cities of North Dakota. Northeast Human Services Center in Grand Forks and the Northcentral Human Services in Minot are examples of these centers.
Ted met and married Gloria J. Berg on May 1, 1965 in Minot, North Dakota. They had 2 beautiful sons, Paul and Steven. In late 1967, Ted moved his family to Grand Forks to begin law school. From 1968 to 1972, Ted attended law school and worked for a time on a Masters Degree in Business. Ted practiced law from 1972 until his passing on October 25, 2006. He was a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar Association of North Dakota. Early Monday morning, October 23, 2006, Steve helped dress his dad and accompanied him to his final appearance before The Court. His last act, as a Counselor at Law, was for a dear friend, for a precious purpose – an adoption.
Ted is survived by his son, Steven T. Maragos, his former spouse and friend, Gloria J. Maragos both of Grand Forks, ND; brothers, James G., Minot, ND, Sam G. (Rena), Las Vegas, NV, Peter G. (Roxanne), Andrew G. (Sherry) and a sister, Vivian (Dudley) Zimmerman all of Minot, ND; sisters-in-law, Jeannie (Mrs. Steve) Maragos and Gloria (Mrs. Angelo) Maragos both of Minot, ND and many dear nieces and nephews.
Ted was preceded in death by his son, Paul T. Maragos, his parents, George S. and Constance Maragos; brothers, Steve G. and Angelo G.
Ted was a member of Evangelismos Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Grand Forks and St. Peter's Greek Orthodox Church of America in Minot. He was beloved by his family, friends and state. He will be remembered for his outstanding service and contributions, his charismatic presence, his intelligence, negotiating gifts, his extemporaneous speaking ability, and as a force for fairness and unity.
Ted enjoyed exchanging lawyer jokes, in fact, any good joke, with his brothers and friends. His cheerful, non-complaining disposition was a blessing throughout his life and illness. Most of all, Ted was a gracious, sweet man. He had a heart for people. Ted's most beautiful virtue was kindness. He often spoke of this virtue and how much it would mean to him to be remembered in this way.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2006, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND
Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2006 prior to the liturgy in the church.
Service For Those Fallen Asleep (PANIKHIDA): 1:30 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2006 celebrated by The Very Reverend Father Anastassy, St. Peters Orthodox Church of America, Minot, ND
Interment: 3:00 p.m. Friday following the service at Rose Hill Cemetery, Minot, ND.
October 30, 2006