Nicholas (Nick) Maropis of Kissimmee, FL died peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends on August 31, 2017.
He is a graduate of Union High School in Burgettstown, PA, and was graduated from Washington & Jefferson (W&J) College in Washington, PA with dual degrees in Physics and Mathematics. He went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Penn State University.
He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a member of the 67th Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Command Base in Lincolnshire, England, where he met and married his wife Mavis Holland. His military service included the air offensive Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe, and he received a Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medal with six Bronze Stars.
Nick joined the Physics Department of Aeroprojects in West Chester, PA in 1955, and became Vice President in 1969. He joined Uniform Tube, Inc in 1972 where he remained until 1991. He founded Maropis Technical Enterprises (MTEI) where he provided consulting services until retiring. He is widely recognized for his work with ultrasonics and acoustics. He received a Technical Innovation Award from NASA in 1970 for developing an ultrasonic wrench used in the Mercury and Gemini Space programs, and it is still in use today. He was a life-long inventor, filing and being granted over 30 patents throughout his working life.
Nick was a first-generation American, born in Slovan, PA on May 14, 1923 to Speros and Argero Maropis. He was very proud of his Greek heritage, and was very active in American Hellenic Educational Association (AHEPA). He served as President of the Valley Forge, PA Chapter, and received multiple awards for his service over his years of membership. He was active in many organizations, including St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, Norristown, PA where he served as president, and The Good Samaritan Society Veteran’s Association.
Nicholas is survived by his children, Samuel Maropis (Barbara “Belle”), Colin Maropis (Debbie), Janice Keller (James “Jim”), and Michelle Maropis, his grandchildren, Nicholas Maropis (Hillary), Brent Maropis (Whitney), Jenna Maropis, Stephanie Dolhancey and William “Bud” Dolhancey; Great Grandchildren Presley Maropis and Kolson Maropis as well as his siblings, Peter “Pete” Maropis (Margery “Marge)”, Petro “Pat” Maropis (Despina), George Maropis (Helen), and Freida Sprando (Frank), as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews across multiple generations. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mavis (Holland), and his brothers Angelo and Christopher (Chris)
Visitation in Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 10 am - 12 pm at CONRAD AND THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME 511 Emmett St Kissimmee, FL 34741 with services at Noon with Pastor Tim Nordstrom presiding. A graveside interment service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Marshalltown United Methodist Church Cemetery with military honors and Father John Symonds Presiding.
Family suggests donations in lieu of flowers to The American Cancer Society or the Good Samaritan Veteran's Association. The family is under the care of CONRAD AND THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME 511 Emmett St Kissimmee, FL 34741 (407) 847-3188.