Nicholas C. Lykos, a druggist who served generations of customers at his independent Lykos Pharmacy in Timonium, died Wednesday of a heart attack at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 70.
Mr. Lykos was a member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, where he received the highest layman's honor -- Archon to the Patriarch.
Born in Allenport, Pa., he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute. In 1952, he graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and later served as an Army sergeant in Germany.
Returning in 1954, he worked for the Read's Drug and Chemical Co. for six years, first as a staff pharmacist and later as manager of several stores throughout the Baltimore area.
In 1960, he opened the Lykos Pharmacy at York and Timonium roads, which was the neighborhood's only drugstore until development hit the York Road corridor. There, he became a well-known fixture, the model of the old-time pharmacist who seemed to have everything, treated customers graciously and dispensed valued advice.
"People felt comfortable going there," said Peter Marudas of Baltimore, the former chief of staff to Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes who was a longtime friend.
"They called him 'Doc Lykos.' They'd come in and say, 'What would you suggest for this, what for that?' That was one of the reasons he succeeded out there."
"We'd see second and third generations coming in there," said his wife, Dorothy Lykos, who worked in the store as clerk and bookkeeper. "He was just an honest, hard-working man who loved his profession."
The couple, who lived in Timonium, were married in 1964.
Mr. Lykos received many professional honors, including Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories' "Bowl of Hygeia Award" for outstanding community service by a pharmacist.
He served on the parish council of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and served a term as its president.
"He was really a quietly devout person, and very generous," said Mr. Marudas, explaining that his friend was instrumental in the cathedral's charitable activities, including the provision of disaster relief to earthquake victims and others in need.
"Sometimes, he would respond with pharmaceuticals to send overseas," Mr. Marudas said.
Mr. Lykos also served as Orthodox chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, was a member of the Lyric Theater Foundation's executive board, and served two terms as director of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce. He was also named the county's Small-Business Man of the Year.
Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street.
He is also survived by his daughter, Angela Lykos Moody of Arlington, Va.; his son, Cosmas Lykos of Newport Beach, Calif.; his mother, Angeline Polites of Reisterstown; his sister, Sebastia Svolos of Towson; and his brother, Theophaine Polites of New York.