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George D. Behrakis

investment company executive

George D. Behrakis, American investment company executive. Certified pharmacist, Massachusetts. Recipient Doctor Anugrah Narayan Wang award Lowell Chamber of Commerce, 1987, Distinguished Layman award American Academy Allergy and Immunology, 1995, National Public Service award American Hellenic Institute, 1998, Ellis Island award Hellenic Heritage.

Background

Behrakis, George D. was born on January 1, 1934 in Lowell, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Drakoulis and Stavroula (Zaroulis) Behrakis.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Northeastern University, 1957. Doctor of Health Sciences (honorary), Northeastern University. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Massachusetts, Lowell, 1997.

Career

He is best known for his donation to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and for the building of Northeastern University's College of Health Sciences. A retired pharmacist, medicine researcher and businessman. In 1959 Behrakis became a salesperson for major pharmacy company Johnson and Johnson, where he and his team created Tylenol.

He went on to start his own company, Dooner Laboratories. After selling it nine years later, he opened Muro , which first worked on eye products and later moved on to asthma products. With Behrakis, as the head, Muro was highly successful, and he sold the company in 1996.

He remained on the board for two additional years, retiring in 1998. After retiring from the pharmaceutical business in 1998, Behrakis began an outstanding career in philanthropy, donating his well earned money to organizations he thought were important. Northeastern Pharmacy SchoolConstruction was completed in 2003.

The building still stands today as one of the most advanced science centers in the country. Museum of Fine ArtsThese new exhibits would open a new face of culture on the MFA and give it money to make some great exhibits. Leadership 100Behrakis has made a huge difference in the Leadership program by donating money and serving as president and chairman for many years.

The Leadership conference is scheduled for February 2013. Anti-Smoking Campaign in GreeceBehrakis also provided funding and personal involvement along with Harvard University towards a national anti-smoking campaign in Greece alongside the Hellenic Cancer Society and Panagiotis Behrakis, MD, a well-respected pulmonary physician in Greece. Other organizationsGeorge was also on the board of Trustees at Tufts, Northeastern, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell.

In May 2012, Behrakis received an honorary degree from the Hellenic College in Boston, and in June was given another at Drexel University in Philadelphia. In September 2014, Behrakis, was presented with the Greek Heritage Award by The American College of Greece, recognizing his contribution to promoting Hellenism.

Achievements

  • Certified pharmacist, Massachusetts.

Membership

Board overseers Boston Museum Fine Art, since 1998. Founder Merrimack Repertory Theatres, Lowell, since 1978. Founder, board directors The Lowell Plan.

With United States Army, 1957-1959. Member National Council Christians and Jews, Alpha-Omega Council.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Golf, reading, travel.

Connections

Married Margo Pergakis, July 30, 1961. Children: Drake, Stephanie, Joanna, Elena.

father:
Drakoulis Behrakis

mother:
Stavroula (Zaroulis) Behrakis

spouse:
Margo Pergakis

children:
Drake Behrakis

Stephanie Behrakis

Joanna Behrakis

Elena Behrakis