Dr. Louis G. Economou, Saginaw, died June 22, 2020, at University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, after an extensive illness, with his family by his side. He was 80 years old.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family funeral service took place June 30 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Saginaw. The Rev. Father Timothy Cook will officiated a private funeral service. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The funeral service was streamed live from the church website for those who are unable to attend. W.L. Case & Company Funeral Directors handled arrangements.
He was born April 28, 1940, in Maratho, Karditsa, Greece, the son of the late Father Gregory and Presvytera Alexandra (Vasiliou) Economou. In 1948, he came to the United States with his mother and siblings to join Father Economou in Lawrence, MA, before coming to Saginaw in 1951, where Father Economou was assigned to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.
Mr. Economou attended Saginaw High School and graduated in 1959. He was a four-sport athlete as a Trojan, playing football, basketball and baseball and running track. He continued his passion for sports, and attended Alma College. He lettered in all four sports as well and graduated with a degree in history.
He began his teaching career at Houghton Lake High School where he also coached. In the summer of 1964, he went to Greece and met his soul mate, Athanasia “Soula” Sianou. They married Dec. 20, 1964.
Mr. Economou began working for Saginaw Public Schools at Saginaw High School in the fall of 1966. He coached football and basketball for the Trojans and also served first as a study hall teacher, history teacher and finally as assistant principal.
In 1972, he moved to Carrollton Public Schools and became an assistant principal of Carrollton Middle School. He spent 20 years at Carrollton Public Schools serving as assistant superintendent and district athletic director. He was dedicated to his many students, athletes and community members whose lives he influenced over the years.
He attended Central Michigan University, receiving a master’s degree in administration and also an education specialist degree. In 1984, he completed his doctoral studies at Wayne State University. He was a pivotal figure in the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, where he served in countless capacities, but his most notable was as a founder of the Greek Festival of Saginaw. He continued to serve on the executive board until his death.
Mr. Economou also was a member of the A.H.E.P.A. for more than 50 years, and served as an education board member. He was also one of the founders of the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame and served on the board for many of the first years.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Soula; two daughters, Loukia of Northville and Alexia (Evan) Houpis of Saginaw; two grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Georgia and Constantine Houpis; three siblings, Electra Innes of California, Euripides (Dee) of Arizona and Demetrios (Trisha) of Florida; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families in the United States, Canada and Greece.
His family extends special thanks to all the staff at U of M Hospital for their love and compassionate care, especially Dr. Alon Weizer, who gave Mr. Economou an extra 10 years to spend with his grandchildren and family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Louis G. Economou Memorial Scholarship at the Saginaw Community Foundation, 1 Tuscola St, Suite 100B, Saginaw, MI 48607.