Melinda Johnson is the author of Letters to Saint Lydia and The Other Side of the Bonfire, and an avid supporter of the Orthodox writing community. Melinda earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, with minors in Education and Journalism, from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Arts in English Literature from The College of William and Mary. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Today we mourn the loss of a leader and good friend. Dr. George Mekras holds a special place in our hearts here at OCN, where he served for many years as the Chairman of our Board of Directors. May his memory be eternal.
Dr. George Demosthenes Mekras, 65, of Coral Gables, FL and Orchid, FL passed away unexpectedly March 18th surrounded by his loving family. Survived by his devoted wife of 41 years, Satira, sons Demosthenes (Lourdes), Peter (Cristina) and John (Jimena) Mekras, grandchildren G. Nicholas, Eleni, Samantha and George Mekras, sister Evangeline (John) Scurtis, brother Dr. John (Pamela) Mekras, sister-in-law Eleni (Reider) Hoff and many nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his parents, V. Rev. Demosthenes and Presbytera Toula Mekras, in-laws Peter and Mary Karter, and brother-in-law Alec Karter. Native Miamian, retired urologic surgeon, co-founder of Miami Urologic Institute, S. Miami, FL, and entrepreneur. A scholar athlete at Miami Senior High School, earned a BA in Biology from Harvard University and MD degree from University of Miami School of Medicine. Member and past president of the Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation, founding board member of Coral Gables Trust, member of UM Business Mentor Program, National Chairman of Orthodox Christian Network, Vice Mayor of the Town of Orchid, FL, served on several hospital and church boards, member of Riviera Country Club and Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club. Avid golfer and nature lover who cherished traveling with his wife, family and friends. George was an honorable man with a brilliant mind whose family mourns their profound loss. May his memory be eternal. Viewing will be held on Thursday, March 20th from 5 to 8 pm with trisagion prayer services at 7 pm at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 2401 SW 3 Ave, Miami with funeral services on Friday, March 21 at 10 am. Interment Woodlawn Park Cemetery North.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral “Mekras Memorial Fund,” 244 SW 24th Road, Miami, FL 33129; Orthodox Christian Network, PO Box 4690, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33338; and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 2525 S. 25th Street, Ft. Pierce, FL 34981.