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Retiring BC professor looks to new chapter

NEXT CHAPTER: Demetrius Iatridis  had been awarded a scholarship to study aircraft engineering at Stanford University when the Nazis invaded and occupied his native Greece in 1941, during World War II. Just 16, he escaped on his own to Crete, where he hid in the mountains until fleeing on a stolen fishing boat to Egypt. There he lied that he was 18 in order to join the Greek Air Force, based in Cairo, in which he served as a tail gunner.

Iatridis said the deaths of his mother and grandmother during the war from lack of food and medication contributed to a “brutal awakening” that changed the course of his life’s work.

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