Louis J. Foudos

Louis J. Foudos ( )

Louis J. "Jack" Foudos, former owner of a cleaning and dyeing concern who played a pivotal role in the founding of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Parkville, died May 21 of complications from cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 77.

The son of Louis Foudos, a Greek immigrant businessman, and Caroline Smith, a homemaker, Louis John Foudos was born in Baltimore and raised in Parkville.

He attended McDonogh School and graduated in 1955 from Calvert Hall College High School. He earned a law degree in 1965 from the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Foudos, who was known as "Jack," went to work when he was 12 for Harford Cleaning & Dyeing Co., which had been established by his father in Hamilton in 1924.

Mr. Foudos worked at the business by day while attending law school at night, family members said. He never practiced law.

"The business eventually expanded to 16 stores in the city and Baltimore and Harford counties," said his wife of 55 years, the former Helen Houzouris.

Mr. Foudos operated the business until selling it in 1997. He later repurchased it and owned and operated it until selling it in 2000 and retiring.

Mr. Foudos was one of the founders and a longtime member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and helped obtain the 30-acre site on which the church was built on Cub Hill Road in Parkville.

He was also a member of St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, Fla.

Mr. Foudos, who lived in both Monkton and Naples, Fla., was an inveterate hunter and outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting at his Rock Hall farm. He was a member of Northfield Hunting & Fishing Club, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Rifle Association. He was also a member of the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club.

In addition to hunting, he "loved to play bridge," said Mrs. Foudos.

Plans for a memorial service to be held in June are incomplete.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Foudos is survived by three daughters, Carolyn vanRoden of Fallston, Valerie Kohles of Bel Air and Kaye Cosimano of Towson; a brother, George A. Foudos of Ruxton; and seven grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com