John (Yannis) Pagounis, per diem Greek medical interpreter at the MGH, died unexpectedly Sept. 26, at the age of 61. Pagounis was well known in the interpreter community, having dedicated 18 years of service to the MGH. He also provided interpreter services to many Boston area hospitals.
Pagounis was born is Peristeri, a suburb of Athens, Greece, and immigrated to the United States with his family, where he graduated from Tufts University with Honors. He was the hospital’s only Greek interpreter, coming in as needed to assist with language services for Greek speaking patients.
“It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we mourn the sudden and unexpected passing of our longtime colleague,” says Anabela Nunes, director of MGH Medical Interpreters. “John is remembered fondly for his passion for the Greek language, culture and people, and for his commitment to excellent patient care. John was an artist and an avid reader with a gracious and quiet demeanor. He will be missed.”
A service for Pagounis has been held.
He is survived by sister Kaiti Galanopoulos and her husband Vasilios; his brother James Pagounes and his wife Joanne; and his nieces and nephews Anastasia Galanopoulos and her husband Nikos, Helen Galanopoulos and her husband Marcel, and Angela Galanopoulos and her husband Stelios, and Othon, Kimon and Iraklis Pagounes, Vassilis, Andreas and Stefanos George, Alexandra and Marina Dardati, and Yiorgos and Katerina Karaminas.
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