Betty J. Alevizatos, a retired elementary school educator who was active in the affairs of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, died of cancer Friday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 84.

The daughter of Christ Alevizatos and Chrissie Alevizatos, restaurateurs who established the old Mount Vernon Restaurant on Charles Street, Betty Jean Alevizatos was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly.


After graduating in 1947 from Eastern High School, she attended Mount St. Agnes College in Mount Washington before transferring to Beaver College, now Arcadia University, in Glenside, Pa. There she earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 in early childhood education.

Miss Alevizatos, who was known as "Miss Betty," began teaching second grade that year at Northwood Elementary School, where she remained for 20 years.

In 1971, she joined the faculty of Cromwell Bridge Elementary School, where she taught for 16 years until retiring in 1987. She was also a reading specialist and taught in Baltimore County public schools.

Before moving to Blakehurst in 2006, Miss Alevizatos was a longtime resident of Dulaney Towers, a Towson condominium.

She had served two terms as president of the Dulaney Towers Condominium Association. During her tenure, she oversaw the refurbishing and reconstruction of the exteriors of the townhomes.

Miss Alevizatos was an active communicant of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, where she was director of its Sunday school for many years.

She served 12 years as a member of the Parish Council, which included four years as secretary. She also established the cathedral's archives and was its archivist for 28 years.

Miss Alevizatos was one of the founding members of the Hellenic Heritage Museum and Archives of Maryland, and served on its board.

She was also a member of Leadership 100, which funds and maintains a multimillion-dollar endowment fund that supports the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Miss Alevizatos had been an active member and officer of the Three Arts Club of Homeland, as well as a volunteer at the Maryland Historical Society.

She was treasurer of the Blakehurst Retirement Association and a member of its executive board.

She was also a world traveler and was fond of Molly, her West Highland terrier, family members said.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the cathedral, 125 W. Preston St.

Surviving are two brothers, Evan Alevizatos Chriss of Towson and Dr. Aristides Alevizatos of Lutherville; a sister, Chrysanthe Pappas of Towson; and many nieces and nephews.