Founders and Supporters

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Basil P. Caloyeras 

Born in Greece on the island of Spetses, Basil P.Caloyeras used his banking expertise to help found and guide MAGNETIKA INDUSTRIES. His love for Greece and Greek culture inspired his son and daughter-in-law, Peter B. and Beverly Caloyeras, and his daughter, Calliope Babu-Khan, to lead lives devoted to the arts and culture of their Greek heritage. Together with Professor Hugh Gray, Basil Caloyeras founded the Center for Modern Greek studies at Loyola Marymount University in 1980.

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Peter and Beverly Caloyeras 

Peter Caloyeras was born in Greece, the native land of his father, Basil, who inspired him in a life of enterprise and philanthropy. Peter attended North Carolina University and USC, achieving three degrees in Electrical Engineering. Beverly Caloyeras, a native of the U.S and graduate of UCLA, shares his love of Greek culture and support of the Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies. Peter's achievements in founding MAGNETIKA Inc. and Metrobank marked him as a leader in imaginative and resourceful business management.

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Basil and Jennifer Caloyeras  

The younger generation of the Caloyeras family, Basil, Alexandra, and Aliki have continued the family’s support of the Center. Basil, an LMU graduate and member of the LMU Board of Trustees together with his wife Jennifer, have remained supportive of the Center’s activities and have sponsored the Odyssey Summer Study Abroad scholarships.

Hugh and Barbara Gray 

One of the founders of the Center, scholar, teacher, screenwriter, Professor Hugh Gray was born in England, educated at Louvain and Oxford, and served in the R.A.F. during WWII. He was Professor of film, theatre, aesthetics and humanities at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University. His wife, Barbara Gray, shared his Philhellenism. Born in India and educated at Oxford University, Barbara Gray had a distinguished career in architecture as Vice President and Director of Research at the firm of William Pereira and Associates. She was a screenplay writer and authored a book on musical comedies. She was named LA Times Woman of the year in 1961.

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Aris Anagnos 

Aris Anagnos was born in Greece where he served in the Greek army in World War II. He studied at UCLA and went on to build a successful business in Southern California. His late wife, Carolyn, was born in Cleveland and was educated at Bryn Mawr. Together they distinguished themselves as champions of social justice. Aris is an activist for peace in Kosovo and Serbia, and for human rights movements in Latin America. He has been awarded the Ralph Bunche Peace Award by the United Nations Association. Caroline and Aris were among the first to support Professor Hugh Gray and Peter Caloyeras to found the Center for Modern Greek Studies at LMU.

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Demetrios Liappas 

Demetrios Liappas studied at Case Institute of Technology, Western Reserve University, and completed his degree at Ohio State University. In 1973, after many years as a research scientist with the Atomic Energy Commission and as System Analysts in the computer industry, he joined LMU to teach Modern Greek language, literature, and history courses, where he remained teaching until 2018. From 1980 to 2014, he was the Director of Caloyeras Center, and in 2009 he was Interim Director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at LMU. He instituted the minor in Modern Greek Studies in 1996, and in 2000 he established the Odyssey Program, LMU’s Summer Study Abroad program in Greece. Under his direction, the Center’s program expanded to 18 courses, 11 of which are included in the University Core. He also established a number of scholarships and academic awards. In addition to fundraising for an endowed Clinical Professor position in the Caloyeras Center, he also created an Adjunct Professor position at the Center for Orthodox Christian Studies.

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Rosalind Farmans Halikis 

Rosalind Farmans Halikis was born in Weirton, WV, to Speros & Georgia Farmans, immigrants from Kastellorizo, Greece. Rosalind received her B.S. with honors in Medical Technology at the University of West Virginia and interned at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She moved to California with her husband, Michael Halikis, and worked in the bacteriology and parasitology department before starting her family. In addition to helping with the PTA and receiving the PTA Continued Service Award, Rosalind dedicated her energy and talent to the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach, as the Chair of the Scholarship and Stewardship Committees and an active member of the Capital Campaign Committee. She had a second career at USC for eleven years, as Assistant Director of Academic Relations in the School of Letters, Arts & Sciences. She was the co-president of the PAOI Southern California Women’s Board and received the Archdiocesan Medal of St. Paul in 2013 for her long-time service. A dedicated philanthropist, Rosalind became the Anchor Donor to Providence Little Co. of Mary Medical Center for the Women and Children’s Health Campaign in 2015. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute at Berkeley. Her endowed gift to the Caloyeras Center in 2014 has established the Rosalind Farmans Halikis Scholarship that provides tuition support to a student minoring in Modern Greek Studies. 

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Nasreen Babu-Khan

Nasreen Babu-Khan was born in Santa Monica, California. In 2018 she helped carry on the legacy of her maternal grandparents, Basil and Zoe Caloyeras, by establishing the Zoe Caloyera Distinguished Lecture Fund. This signature lecture brings outstanding individuals in the fields of art, culture and science, relevant to the ongoing work at the Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies, to the LMU campus. Nasreen is a physician, as is her husband, Howard Lehrhoff. They live in Pacific Palisades with their five sons, Alexander, Nicholas, Gregory, Andrew, and Michael.