Michael Kiriazis, Class of 1949

Posted Jun 07, 2019

Michael Kiriazis ’49 on March 7, 2019 at the age of 94. Michael was born on October 13, 1924. After graduation from high school in 1942, Michael enlisted in the U. S. Army and was a paratrooper in the 503rd Regimental Combat Team. On February 16, 1945, he parachuted onto Corregidor to retake the island under the command of General MacArthur. After the war, he attended Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. At Otterbein Michael met his wife, and fellow alumna, Eileen Mignerey Kiriazis ’49 who was also a student at Otterbein. They married on June 13, 1948 and together graduated the following year. During his time at Otterbein Michael was a member of Pi Beta Sigma (Pi Sig) fraternity.

Upon graduation, Michael attended graduate school at American University in Washington D.C. Michael served on the Lakeview School District Board of Education in the early 1970’s. He worked as a financial analyst for General Motors from 1954 until 1986. Michael is preceded in death by his wife, Eileen ’49. He is survived by their five children, David M. Kiriazis, William L. Kiriazis, Diane Grignano, Thomas A. Kiriazis and Michael Ted Kiriazis; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Michael is also survived by brothers George Kiriazis and William Kiriazis