Theoharis S. Stavrides, 70, former chief of the Voice of America's Greek service, died Thursday at his summer cottage at Scientist Cliffs, Md.

He had retired in 1976 after 27 years with the VOA. He started as a Greek service chief in 1953.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Mr. Stavrides graduated from Robert College in 1928, and joined the faculty of Athens College in Greece as assistant principal.

During the German occupation in 1941, he escaped to Egypt and became a liaison officer with the Middle East office of the American Red Cross.

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Working closely with the Greek Red Cross in Egypt and the British Red Cross and Order of St. John, he organized and supervised Red Cross warehousing and distribution services.

When the German occupation of Greece ended, Mr. Stavrides returned to Athens as assistant director of the Greek War Relief Association and played a key role in the distribution of United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration supplies.

He came to this country in 1946 as representative of the Greek War Relief Association, lecturing on Greek-American relations and postwar Greek reconstruction.

Mr. Stavrides held the Meritorious Service Award of the U.S. Information Agency.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home in Washington, and three brothers, Harry, of Chicago, and Nicos and Manos, of Athens.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to Athens College.