George Georgopoulos

July 14, 1944 - December 14, 2019
George Georgopoulos

George Georgopoulos passed away on Saturday, December 14th, 2019, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his family by his side after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was 75.

George was born on July 14th, 1944 in Kavala, Greece, the son of Stavros Georgopoulos and Maria Konstantinidi.  After attending the Greek Air Force Academy, he moved to the United States in 1965 to attend North Carolina State University where he earned Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering.  In 2013, George was inducted into the NCSU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Hall of Fame.

After graduation, George moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he started his career at Westinghouse analyzing the stress and dynamics of nuclear power plants. Some years later he moved to Pine Brook, NJ and shifted his focus to commercial manufacturing. He became the Chief Engineer of Levolor Lorentzen. Circa 1995 he became a consultant to famed industrialist Henry Rowan, helping him to improve the operation of twenty-odd diverse Rowan companies. Eventually he became President and CEO of High Energy Corporation, a Rowan company manufacturing ceramic, metalized film and oil-filled capacitors in Parkesburg, PA. He led that firm from near bankruptcy to being one of the most profitable Rowan holdings. George resided in New Jersey with his family for 37 years before relocating to Wilmington in 2018.

George enjoyed hosting gatherings with family and friends, watching European soccer games, caring for his pets, keeping up with the stock market, fishing and swimming in the sea, and most of all just being with his children and grandson. He always treated his friends carefully; this let him keep life-long friendships with people who loved and respected him.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Millie Georgopoulos, son Alex Georgopoulos and his wife Jessy Willse, daughter Christine Georgopoulos and her husband Gideon Vaughn, grandson Julian Vaughn, and brother Christos Georgopoulos.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of George Georgopoulos to the ALS Association- North Carolina Chapter, 4 North Blount St., Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601 (

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  • December 17, 2019
    Kim Hess says:
    Sorry to hear about the passing of George. I am sure he will be greatly missed. Sending Condolences to the whole family.

  • December 17, 2019
    Kim Hess says:
    Sorry to hear of the passing of George. Sending Condolences to the family.

  • December 18, 2019
    David D Jones says:
    GEORGE – THE BEST BUDDY A PERSON COULD HAVE George and I have been best buddies since 1968. We became office mates while attending graduate school at NCSU, and soon roommates. After the Greek military government was over thrown, we went to Greece in the summer of 1969 to meet his family. Some of my most favorable memories were the good times we shared together. When we got back from Greece, we rented a house together. I introduced George to Millie, as I knew her from living in Charlotte. All of a sudden George was disappearing to Charlotte and Millie started coming to Raleigh every other weekend. I guess that program worked for 47 years and produced a wonderful family. George convinced me to marry Ginger around the same time, because I was the “marrying kind”. Not sure what that meant but it has worked for 48 years. George was the smartest person I ever met. He did all of his college work in 30 minutes, while it took me three hours. Once he came back from calculus class just fusing that the professor was wrong in proving a theorem. I never had seen George work so hard, but the next day in class George showed the professor was wrong and the professor agreed. Our careers took us on different paths but I truthfully say that for 48 years there was not a two-week period that we did not talk (mostly to Ginger because he loved to gossip). I remember the many times we supported one another whatever the need be. I have many “George” stories remembering all the fun times we shared together. I failed to document all the “Georgeisms” of his wisdom and humor, like “You know David, half of the people are below average” We made all of these plans to do when he finally retired, but now those will only be in my dreams. If one person could have one friend like George in his lifetime, he would be so lucky. I loved him so much and will forever miss my Buddy. David Jones

  • December 18, 2019
    Stephanie Holder says:
    It was a pleasure to get to know George and your family. His easy spirit and kind heart made him easy to talk to. His fascinating life made him unforgettable. Love and prayers!

  • December 18, 2019
    Kostas Korros says:
    I was saddened to hear that Mr. George passed away, he was a wonderful human being, may he rest in peace. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Millie, Christina, Mr. Christos and the whole family.