WESTPORT, Conn. – Nicholas James Georgis, a 34-year Staples High School teacher and former Fairfield resident, died Nov. 8 at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 85.
He was born July 24, 1927, in East Orange, N.J., to James and Maria Zervas Georgis. His family moved to Fairfield in 1937. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics from Fordham University in 1948 after taking leave to serve in the Army from 1946 to 1947.
Georgis later earned a master's degree in education from the University of Bridgeport. In 1948, he married Katherine Maltas. They raised their family in Fairfield and were active members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. His wife died in 1994.
He worked as a chemist for Exide Battery before moving to North Carolina in 1954. Georgis began his teaching career at Gibsonville High School in North Carolina.
In 1959, he returned to Connecticut and began his career at Staples High School. He founded the Staples High School Ham Radio Club, K1UAT. In 1983, he was named Teacher of the Year.
After retirement, he became a teacher in the PIMS program and was an educational consultant for the city of Bridgeport. He also held patents and co-authored textbooks with the Harvard Project Physics team.
He is survived by his partner, Vera Anrig; two daughters, Julie Georgis, of Oberirsen, Germany, and Maria (Robert) Barresi, of Stratford, Conn.; two sisters, Helen Bartis and Estelle Silos, both of Greensboro, N.C.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Tuesday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Commerce Hill Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604, or Staples High School Science Department, 70 North Ave., Westport, CT 06880.