George Frantzis


Died aged c. 59

George Frantzis, born in 1911, came to the United States from Greece in 1940. He was a cum laude graduate of the University of Athens School of Law. In the 1930s, he helped organize the liberation of the Dodecanese Islands from Italy. During World War II, he played a major role in the decision of the Allies to have the Dodecanese Islands reunited with Greece. From 1941 to 1949 he was Principal of the Greek Orthodox Parochial School of Tarpon Springs and helped rebuild Tarpon Springs’ sponge industry. In 1955, Frantzis organized the Committee for Reorganization of the Sponge Industry and served as its first president. His book Strangers of Ithaca—The Story of the Spongers of Tarpon Springs was published in 1962. George Frantzis died May 30, 1970.


George Theodosios Frantzis (January 13, 1911 – May 30, 1970) was a Greek-American lawyer, school principal, community leader and supporter of the sponge industry in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

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George Frantzis

George Frantzis [full inscription unknown]

715 Dodecanese Boulevard, Tarpon Springs, FL, United States where they was