October 15, 1927 ~ June 25, 2005
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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