John N. Deoudes, businessman, dies at 90

February 27
John N. Deoudes
businessman

John N. Deoudes, who operated a vending machine business in the Washington area for nearly seven decades, died Feb. 12 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was 90.

The cause was kidney failure and other ailments, said his son Bill Deoudes.

Mr. Deoudes co-founded the D.C. Novelty Co. — later renamed D.C. Vending Co. — in 1947. He ran the business with a partner and later with his sons, operating jukeboxes, pinball machines, and cigarette, candy, soda and other vending machines. Mr. Deoudes also managed real estate investments and continued working until his death.

Ioannis Nickolas Deoudes was born in the village of Apeiranthos on the Greek island of Naxos. He became known as John after coming to the United States as a child. He graduated from the District’s Roosevelt High School in 1942, becoming a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter and serving in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Deoudes served on the national board of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and was a past president of his local chapter. He also served as president of the Naxian Association, his son said.

Mr. Deoudes was a founding member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda and in Ocean City, Md., and was a past president of the parish council at the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Washington. He was given the title of archon for his work with the Greek Orthodox Church, which included membership in the “Leadership 100” endowment fund, his son said.

Mr. Deoudes also belonged to the American Legion and was a past president of his local chapter, his son said. He was a Bethesda resident.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary Scounas Deoudes of Bethesda; four children, Nick Deoudes of Queenstown, Md., Bill Deoudes and Tom Deoudes, both of Darnestown, Md., and Jo Ann D. Calomiris of Washington; and eight grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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