By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun
4:33 PM EDT, September 23, 2013
Petro Kosmides, a retired quality-control engineer who also taught at the Community College of Baltimore County, died Friday of complications from a brain tumor at his home in the Chapelgate section of Timonium. He was 83.
Born in Baltimore, he was known as Pete and lived on Edmondson Avenue as a young man. His father, George Kosmides, was a confectioner and candy maker. His mother, Alexandra, was a homemaker. He was a 1948 Polytechnic Institute graduate and earned a business administration degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. He then served in the Army in western France.
He met his future wife, the former Anastasia "Stacy" Stephanu, at a Greek community dance held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.
After leaving military service, Mr. Kosmides joined the old Western Electric Co.'s Point Breeze Works as a statistical quality-control engineer. He also earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.
"Pete was a quiet fellow, and when he spoke, it was from authority," said a friend from childhood, Dennis Psoras, an attorney who lives in Sparks. "He was well informed when he spoke."
Mr. Kosmides worked for 28 years at the Southeast Baltimore plant. When it closed in the 1980s, he took early retirement but resolved to keep working.
"He was offered a job in Arizona, but he thought about it for two minutes and turned it down," his wife said. "He put his family before his profession. He was always the kind, proper gentleman with his words, actions and appearance."
He then joined Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman and held the post of senior quality engineer. He retired a second time at 75.
During his career as an engineer, he was an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus. He taught statistical quality-control courses.
Mr. Kosmides was active in professional associations. He belonged to the Baltimore chapter of the American Society for Quality Control. He was named a senior fellow in 1986 and was recognized for his work management, teaching and running a national conference staged at the Baltimore Convention Center.
He lived for many years on Avondale Road in the Stoneleigh section of Baltimore County and was president of its community association for three years. He and his wife staged a popular community activity called Greek Night held at the old Club Venus, which featured Greek-themed dancing.
Mr. Kosmides was a Baltimore Colts and Orioles fan and later followed the Ravens. He also played tennis and enjoyed riding his bike.
"My husband felt his greatest love and accomplishments were his children and grandchildren," his wife said. "They are his legacy. Pete was truly a family man; he was always willing to help his loved ones."
She said that in recent years, he kept busy running errands, gardening and doing home improvement projects, often for his children. He enjoyed the beach and had a second home in Ocean City. His wife said he hunted for bargains at the Delaware outlet stores.
"He usually left with items for his grandchildren," his wife said.
Mr. Kosmides was a patron of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and attended performances at the Everyman and Hippodrome theaters. He was also a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation volunteer.
He liked to dine at Baltimore restaurants. His wife said he enjoyed Vito's Cafe in Cockeysville, as well as Ikaros and Samos in Southeast Baltimore and various spots in Little Italy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St., where he was a member.
In addition to his wife of 52 years, a seminar facilities coordinator for the Community College of Baltimore County, survivors include two sons, Christopher Kosmides of Stoneleigh and Gregory Kosmides of Sagamore Forest; a daughter, Renae Howard of Parkville; and five grandchildren.
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