Michael
MICHAEL NICHOLAS HALIKIS, M.D. Dr. Michael N. Halikis, 77, a beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, California on Saturday, June 25, after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He was also a loved and respected gynecologist & obstetrician in the South Bay for thirty six years. Born in New Brighton, PA, on October 15, 1927, to Nicholas & Evdokia Halikis, Greek immigrants from the island of Kastellorizo, Greece, Dr. Halikis grew up with two brothers in Coraopolis, PA. His parents adopted their new country of America with zeal and hard work and instilled respect and regard for the principles of this nation. He graduated from Coraopolis High School at the age of 16. He received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University in 1949. He also took time to serve in the United States Army at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., receiving an honorable discharge in 1947. While at Penn State, he served as president of the Penn State Club. He later graduated with a M.S. in Biochemistry from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. In 1956, he received his medical degree from the Stritch School of Medicine (Loyola University) in Chicago. In June of 1956 he left Chicago with his bride Roz to enroll in the OB/GYN residency at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center. A good part of his residency included rotations at the UCLA Medical Center in Westwood , CA, and nine months of general surgery at The City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA. He started his practice in 1961 with the Redondo Beach Medical Group that later became Bay Shores Medical and then Health Care Partners. He retired in June of 1997. He became a Fellow of the College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1963. During these years he was on the staff at three hospitals in the South Bay area-Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Little Company of Mary Hospital and South Bay Hospital. He served as chairman of the South Bay Hospital Department of Gynecology in the 1980s and in recent years was named Asst. Clinical Professor Emeritus at Harbor/UCLA. He was a longtime member of the Los Angeles County OB/GYN Society and the Hellenic American Medical/Dental Society. He had a deep and caring love for his patients and they, in turn, loved him very much. He not only had a great love for the practice of medicine, but also for his church, family and friends. He was a very active steward of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach, especially in its formative years when he served as president of the parish council. He was also a Lifetime Steward of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles and a member of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) for fifty years. He is survived by his cherished wife of 51 years, Rosalind; beloved children: son, Dr. Nicholas Halikis; two daughters, Maureen Halikis and Georgene Mitsanas (George); treasured grandchildren, Harrison, Trianna and Michael; his brother Dr. Demetreos (Cynthia) Halikis; and many cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his brother, Spyros. He will be greatly missed and remembered by his family and friends for his kindness, love & humility. This love and kindness that he gave so abundantly is in our hearts wherever we go and whatever we do in our lives. The Trisagion memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 29th at 7:00 pm at St. Katherine Church, 722 Knob Hill, Redondo Beach and the funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 30th at 10:30 am also at St. Katherine Church. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, 1124 W. Carson St., Torrance, CA 90502 or to the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church at 722 Knob Hill, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

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  1. I was so saddened to read about the loss of Dr. Halikis. I worked with him (and was a patient)for several years (25 years ago) at the RBMG. I worked for Dr. Ravitz, and Dr. Halikis office was right next to ours. What an incredible, inspiring human being. I thought often of him, and wondered how he was doing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed.

  2. Dear Mrs. Halikis, Nick, Maureen & Georgene, You would think that I would know what to say at a time like this–something to comfort you and make you smile. I am with you in heart and spirit and hope this gives you strength. Behind the tears you cry are many happy memories that will resurface and play like a movie in your mind. There will not be a day that goes by without a glimpse of the past with your husband and dad. Take comfort in all of the memories and dreams. Something that gave me great comfort was a short little quote by St. Therese of Lisieux,a Catholic Saint who emulates her “little way” of honoring God with every thought and action. When I read this it made me feel like our loved ones didn’t stop performing good deeds upon their death but were finally free from illness to do good again–like a goodwill ambassador from heaven! Maybe this is why God needed to take them from us? “After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth.” May Dr. Halikis’ memory be eternal. Love, Paula, Mike, David and Christopher Sanborn

  3. To: Nick Halikis I was sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. I never met him, but he sounds like a heck of a guy. You might remember me. We went to Malaga Cove Jr. High together. Before sixth grade, I had just moved to CA from the sticks in Ohio and on my first day, I was the proverbial “fish out of water”. It was the strangest place that I had ever seen. There were so many buildings and everything was outside. I was used to a brick fortress of a school, designed to withstand snowstorms. I was being bussed over from near Rolling Hills High and didn’t know a soul. I hated that first day. My last class was PE w/Mr. Ronei (sp?). Sports. Finally something that could relate to. I was tossing a football around and you pointed at me and said, “Hey, your left handed. We’re gonna call you Lefty.” I remember sitting on the bus on the way home and thinking, “That’s pretty cool.” I don’t think that anybody except the teachers knew my real first name for the next three years. High School passed and we both ended up at USC. You would not believe my surprise when I was walking by Bovard Auditorium and I heard a familiar voice yelling, “Hey Lefty!”, only to find you sitting on the steps. Six years ago, my Mom was a patient at Torrance Memorial and I became acquainted with a plastic surgeon who we went to Jr. High with as well. I think his name was Scott McConnell. He told me that you had become a hand surgeon. I was glad to hear that you were still around and I thought about you on the plane ride home from Colorado after I had snapped my ulna and radius bones snowmobiling. Fortunately, I didn’t require any more surgery or I would have looked you up. My Mom didn’t survive her stay at Torrance Memorial and the point of this note is to, hopefully, make you laugh for a moment thinking about our youth during what I know is a very tough day. My best to you and your family, Scott “Lefty” Nelson 411 Miramar Dr. Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (310) 316-3785 wtn2dpt@earthlink.net

  4. Dear Roz, We got together socially as UCLA OB-GYN Residents. Joan’s & my memories are of good times shared by all. Michael was a year ahead of me and served as a mentor as well as colleague He was soft spoken and had a very kind way with patients, nurses and physicians — that is to say he connected well with everyone. Later on we saw one another only at professional gatherings and he remained as before — a good and steady man. Of course you and all members of your extended family will miss him but please know that he must be in a better place. Please accept our sincere condolences during this most difficult time. Joan & Dave Armstrong

  5. I was his patient for many years and missed him dearly when he retired as he was such a concerned listener and I always felt comfortable with him. He took care of me during some frightening times and I was always confident in him and his abilities. I am only one of many but I am sure we all share your loss for Dr. Halikis was a fine doctor and a good man as well as a good husband and father. Bless him and bless you who had the good fortune to share in his life. Calista Lee Brown

  6. I was a classmate of Michaels at Stritch School of Medicine & graduated with him in 1956. We separated for our Ob/Gyn residencies; I remained in Chicago while Mike came here. Our contact later was via LA Ob/Gyn Society & his brother while I practiced at Calif. Hospital. I can speak for myself & another classmate Ben Klige r when I say we are greatly saddened by reading Mikes obit. We wish to extend our deep condolences to his wife, children & brother. The class of 1956 is lessened by the departure of a good man & excellent doctor. Irwin V Frankel MD

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