Dr. James A. Paziotopoulos, the retired Superintendent of District 123, passed away on October 17, 2017 and was waked yesterday.
The funeral service is this morning, Saturday October 21st. Prayers begin 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home. Service 10:00 a.m. at Saints. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 11025 S. Roberts Rd., Palos Hills. Dr. Paziotopoulos will be interned at Evergreen Cemetary.
Friends and community members joined his family yesterday at Hills Funeral Home to pay respects and honor the man who had a fifty year career including serving as principal in District 123 and finally as its Superintendent.
Dr. Paziotopoulos, or Dr. Paz as many referred to him, demonstrated his educational leadership skills very early in his career when he was appointed Principal of Koreas School. He was a mainstay at District 123 for decades as a school principal both at Kolmar School and the district’s first junior high building. He retired as its Superintendent in 2005.
He was credited with providing the vision and philosophy that resulted in the creation of the Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School. Dr. Paziotopoulos was known for increasing the academic standards of the district and demanding results from students and teachers. The same standards applied to his own children.
His daughter Pamela is an attorney. His son, Alexander is a medical doctor. His other daughter Natalie is an associate director for Guess’ Men’s division.
Dr. Paziotopoulos was the proud son of Greek Immigrants Alexander D. Paziotopoulos and Alexandra Panagakis. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Anastasia (Potamianos), his children, Pamela, Dr. Alexander, and Natalie (Jason) Ferro, his grandchild Anastasia, his sister Martha (Dr. Chris) Manitsas, nephew Dr. Steve (Manitsas) niece (the late Alexandria) brother in laws Peter (Mary) and Bill (Dory) Potamianos, many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
His obituary noted, “Those that met him even once not only remembered him but felt that they gained significant insight pertinent to their unique situation.” In his own words he lived up to his promise, once stating, “When I exit the arena, I pledge to leave behind my best effort, my ‘No Quit’ attitude, and my ‘All for one and one for all’ belief.”