Founders and Supporters
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.
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.
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.
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.
Demetrios Liappas studied at Case Institute of Technology, Western Reserve University, and completed his degree at Ohio State University. 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 courses in 1973. He has since taught courses on Modern Greek Literature and Modern Greek History.
From 1980 to 2014, he was the Director of Caloyeras Center. 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 eighteen courses, eleven of which are included in the University Core. Demetrios also stablished a number of scholarships and academic awards. He has been involved in all aspects of the Center’s fund-raising activities and raised the funds for an endowed Clinical Professor position in the Center. He also created an Adjunct Professor position at the Center for Orthodox Christian Studies.
He was the Interim Director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at LMU in 2009.
He is currently teaching Modern Greek history and language as a part-time lecturer and provides support for the Center’s fund-raising activities.
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 where her husband, Michael Halikis, pursued his OB/GYN residency at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center where she worked in the bacteriology and parasitology department before starting her own family. She was active in the PTA and received the PTA Continued Service Award. Rosalind also 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.
Rosalind is serving on the Board of Trustees of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute at Berkeley. 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.
Her endowed gift to the Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies in 2014 has established the Rosalind Farmans Halikis Scholarship that provides tuition support to a student minoring in Modern Greek Studies.
Nasreen Babu-Khan was born in Santa Monica, California and is carrying on the legacy of her maternal grandparents, Basil and Zoe Caloyeras, by establishing in 2018, the Zoe Caloyera Distinguished Lecture Fund.
This signature lecture will bring to the LMU campus 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.
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.
Looking to the Future
The Center is grateful to the Caloyeras family for their fervent embrace of the vision of their father, Peter Caloyeras, and their continued support.
While the Caloyeras Center has been a meaningful presence for the preservation and promotion of Hellenism in the Greek-American community over the last decades, we still have much to do to ensure the continued success and sustainability of the program and visibility of Modern Greek Studies in higher education in the future.
Your ongoing support is vital if we are to ensure the new generations of Greek-Americans will have a place where they can learn about the struggles and accomplishments of the older generations as well as about their own cultural history and identity.
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