September 24, 2025 ~ November 15, 2015
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.