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George P. and Helen C. Makris Family Scholarship Fund

George P. Makris, who gave more than half a century of service to Northeastern University as a student-athlete, fundraiser and philanthropist, passed away on December 23, 2017. He was 96.
“George was an iconic figure in our community,” said Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun. “But more than that, George was a friend—a friend to me, a friend to our university, and a friend to all who love our university. For more than 70 years, as both a student and staff member, George maintained an unwavering dedication to Northeastern, and he inspired that same dedication in others. My thoughts are with his wife, Helen, and the entire Makris family, who will forever remain part of our Northeastern family.”

After retiring from Electrolux in 1970, Makris returned to his alma mater. At first, he focused his efforts to the Varsity Club as president in 1975 and then as treasurer. His devotion to the University was evident and, in 1977, Makris became the first Director of Athletic Development.

In 2008, Makris and his wife, Helen, endowed the George P. and Helen C. Makris Family Scholarship fund, which annually supports a student-athlete. They have also generously supported numerous other scholarships, as well as the expansion and construction of multiple athletic facilities, and are members of the Frank Palmer Speare Society.