Michael T. Roussis

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Michael T. Roussis, was born to Theodosios and Ourania Roussis in 1925 in Konitsa, Epirus, Greece. He arrived in the United States at the age of 3, grew up in the Bronx; graduated from Stuyvesant High School and attended City College for a year and a half as an Engineering student before being drafted into the army. He was assigned to the 'Seventy-Fifth Army Division' and was in combat infantry during the 'Battle of the Bulge'. After the war he reentered City College, this time in the social sciences and graduated in 1948. He entered Harvard Law School the following year, but left law to pursue a career as a writer, entering a writing program at Boston University under the tutelage of professor and author Gerald Warner Brace. While at Boston University he wrote a well received experimental novel - 'an Untitled Manuscript' and graduated with a Master's Degree in English. While pursuing a career in writing, Michael received an offer to teach English and Social Studies at Smithtown High School on Long Island. It was there that he fell in love with teaching. By the end of his career there, he had introduced college-level courses in Sociology, Economics, and Political Science, as well as serving as chairman of the Social Studies Department. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University in 1970. After retiring from the public school system in 1981, Michael began teaching at the college level as a Professor of Political Science, spending most of his final years teaching at the New York Institute of Technology.In 2011, he realized one of his writing goals with the publication of a historical novel titled 'Eagles over the Acheron'.He married Vivian Alexander in 1954. They were married for 28 years until her death in 1982. They had three sons, Theodore, Andrew, and Alexander.He married Renae Schmid in 1987.He had two stepchildren, Michael Schmid and Francoise Gonzalez.

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  1. My deepest condolences are with your family. The loss of a loved one is indeed heart-breaking. May the comfort from the scriptures bring you peace. At Revelation 21:4 we are assured that ‘He will wipe out every tear from [your] eyes and death will be no more’. As you continue to cherish your many fond memories of Michael, please let the hope of a future resurrection encourage you.

  2. May God bless one of the most loving and wonderful men I have always had the pleasure of spending time with.This was my dear and amazing Uncle Mike.Those who had the pleasure of knowing him were very blessed.He not only had a heart of gold but he had such a great sense of humor and was such an intelligent man.I will always cherish all the wonderful memories growing up and spending such great times with my Uncle and my wonderful Aunt Vivian and my great cousins Ted,Andy,and Alex.Oh what fantastic times we had and they will remain in my heart and mind forever.I thank God for giving me the pleasure and joy to have them as my relatives.Uncle Mike was always so comfortable to be around and he was like a second father to me.I will miss him so much and I pray that God takes great care of him.May God be with his wonderful wife Renae and my cousins at this sad time.Now he can be together with my Yaya and Papoo and most of all, my wonderful mother Julie,his loving sister.Some day life will be fantastic because we eventually will all be together again in God’s Kingdom. I wish I could turn back time when I was a kid and everyone was together and all were healthy.These days of yesteryear will never be forgotten. So God bless you my dear Uncle.Until we meet again.Thankyou again for being my Uncle.You were and always will be loved. I love you very much. Love,your nephew George.My wife Denise never had the opportunity to meet this fine man and I wish she did but she offers her condolences and love. Just one more thing. The Roussis family;my Yaya and Papoo,my dear mother,and Uncle Mike are all back together again and they are with God in His Kingdom and they are all looking down on us with so much love and I know in my heart that they know and realize how much they are missed and loved. I miss you all so much. Until we meet again.

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