Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Matthew J. Vlissides Business Owner

Matthew J. Vlissides, 87, who owned and operated a company that designed and built communications systems for governments, television stations and other businesses, died Jan. 19 at his home in McLean. He had cancer.

Mr. Vlissides ran his company, Structural Systems Technology, from 1971 to 1989 and then did consulting work in communications systems for more than 10 years.

Matthew John Vlissides was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He participated in intelligence and combat work for the British military during the German occupation of Greece during World War II, according to his family.

Afterward, he graduated from a military academy in Athens and fought in the Greek army against Communist forces during the Greek civil war. He remained in the army several more years and in 1956 was a liaison officer to the U.S. military and the United Nations in the Far East. His decorations included the U.S. Legion of Merit and top Greek military honors.

He settled in the Washington area around 1960 and received bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Catholic University. He did engineering work for the Navy Department and for Page Communications before starting his own business.

A son, John M. Vlissides, died in 2005.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Sophia Drakoulis Vlissides of McLean; three children, Irene Levy of Falls Church, Nicholas D. Vlissides of Clifton, Va., and Matthew J. Vlissides Jr. of Washington; a sister; a brother; and 10 grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Edward W. 'Bill' Young Navy employee

Edward W. "Bill" Young, 91, who did engineering work for the Navy Department from the late 1940s to late 1980s, died Jan. 18 at the Washington Home hospice. He had congestive heart failure.

After his Navy retirement, Mr. Young spent seven years as a senior logistics engineer at Cerberonics, a defense contracting company.

Edward William Young, a Chevy Chase resident, was a Detroit native and a 1942 electrical engineering graduate of the University of Detroit. He received a master's degree in technology of management at American University in 1970.

He was a radar officer on Navy ships in the Pacific during World War II and retired from the Navy Reserve at age 60 with the rank of lieutenant commander.

He was a founding member of the Officers' Christian Fellowship and a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda. He also served on the board of Washington Bible College for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Rider Young of Chevy Chase; two children, Alan E. Young of Schenectady, N.Y., and Carol Y. Wigglesworth of Silver Spring; a twin brother; another brother; and five grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

© 2010 The Washington Post Company