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Louis Peter Kokonis
April 3, 1932 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old
Louis Peter Kokonis passed away peacefully at his home on January 4, 2024 at the age of 91. Louis was a beloved brother, brother-in-law, uncle and grand-uncle. He is preceded in death by the late Matina (Zack) Zambetis and survived by Nicholas (Athena) Kokonis; nephews and nieces Thomas (Angela) Zambetis, Peter Kokonis, Christine (James) Hylton, Angela (Andrew) Hylton, and Georgia (Constantine) Jones. Louis is also survived by many grand-nephews, grand-nieces, cousins, friends, colleagues and numerous students.
Louis' parents immigrated to the United States from Greece, became naturalized citizens, and settled in Washington, D.C. to raise their family, where his father owned a restaurant. A native Washingtonian, Louis attended DC public schools, graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School, served in the United States Army and later earned his teaching degree from the District of Columbia Teachers College. Over the years, he continued his education by earning three Masters Degrees.
Louis was a dedicated educator who taught all levels of mathematics - algebra, geometry and calculus - for over 60 years in the Alexandria City Public School system, the longest-serving member in its history. He was most known for teaching AP Calculus AB and BC, DE Calculus III, and Differential Equations. He began his teaching career in 1959 at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, and then moved to Alexandria City High School King Street (formerly T.C. Williams High School), where he remained for the rest of his career. Throughout his career, Louis received a number of awards and was honored for his dedication to teaching. Most notably, the Virginia General Assembly recognized him with a House joint resolution in 2019 to formally commend Louis for his service to the city of Alexandria and its students, and the Louis Kokonis Teaching Legend Scholarship was established in 2018 for students of Alexandria City Public Schools to attend post-secondary education.
A celebration of life for students, former students, friends and colleagues will be held on Wednesday, January 17 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm at Alexandria City High School, 3330 King St, Alexandria, VA 22302. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 19 at 12 pm at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 721 Norwood Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905. A private burial will follow.