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Paul G. Economides Greek Orthodox Priest

The Rev. Paul G. Economides, 95, the former pastor of a Greek Orthodox church in Annapolis and a chaplain at Georgetown University, died Feb. 15 of an aortic aneurysm at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He lived in Annapolis.

Father Economides was the minister of Saints Constantine and Helen Church in Annapolis from 1962 to 1968. He then became the priest of a church in Elkins Park, Pa., for two years before returning to Annapolis.


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From 1970 to 1988, he was a chaplain at Georgetown, and he regularly took a group of students to dinner once a week at Sholl's Cafeteria. He continued to work as a part-time priest during this time, assisting in the founding of St. Theodore Greek Orthodox Church in Lanham in the 1970s and St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City.

Father Economides, a fifth-generation priest, was born in Constantinople, Turkey (present-day Istanbul), where his father was a theologian and priest. As a boy, he fled to Greece with his family when the political climate in Turkey deteriorated. He came to the United States in 1928, settling in Peabody, Mass.

In 1933, he returned to Turkey to study for the priesthood, moving after several months to Greece, where he received a divinity degree from the University of Athens in 1939. He returned to Massachusetts during World War II, assisting in the administration of a Greek Orthodox church in Boston and helping his uncle manage a restaurant in Falmouth, Mass.

Father Economides received a master's degree in theology from Harvard University in the late 1940s and was ordained a priest in 1949.

He was a parish priest in Passaic, N.J., Detroit, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Columbus, Ohio, before coming to Annapolis in 1962. He was considered an innovator in his use of English in services traditionally conducted entirely in Greek and in his ecumenical approach to ministry with other faiths.

Father Economides continued to lead services and assist other priests at churches in Winchester, Va., Baltimore, Washington and elsewhere until shortly before his death. He enjoyed gardening, reading and walking, and drove his car until the day before he died.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Katherine Economides of Annapolis; three children, George Economides of Rockville, Basil Economides of Annapolis and Urania Pappas of Holland, Pa.; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Helen Bedell Stamer Real Estate Broker

Helen Bedell Stamer, 83, a licensed broker with Laughlin Realtors in McLean who was still making deals until six months ago, died of complications from heart disease Feb. 21 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

Mrs. Stamer, who lived in McLean, worked 48 years for Laughlin Realtors and its predecessor firms.

She was a member of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors and its Million Dollar Sales Club for 25 consecutive years.

She also was a member of the board of the Foundation for Applied Technical Education, which promotes vocational training, and she was a founding member of the board of directors of Millennium Bank in Fairfax.

She was a past director of the American Cancer Society and a former officer of the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs.

A native Washingtonian, Mrs. Stamer graduated from Central High School and the University of Maryland.

Her husband, Paul F. Stamer Sr., died in 2001, after 58 years of marriage. A son, Paul F. Stamer Jr., died in 1971.

Survivors include two children, Diana Stamer Fitzgerald of Arlington and Mark Bedell Stamer of Fairfax; and two grandchildren.


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