John G. Rangos, Sr. Honored for Philanthrophy

June 23, 2009

Carnegie Mellon trustee John G. Rangos, Sr. was honored with the first-ever Gabby Award in the category of philanthropy and public service. The Gabby Awards were created by the Greek America Foundation and Greek America Magazine to celebrate Greek America's "best and brightest" individuals.

A Pittsburgh resident, Rangos is the founder and president of the board of directors for the John G. Rangos Sr. Family Charitable Foundation. He has been a strong supporter of American science and education initiatives, and he has shown particular dedication to Carnegie Mellon, serving as a lifetime member on the board.

Rangos was instrumental in creating the Athens Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIN) program at Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute (INI), which is offered in Greece with courses taught remotely from Carnegie Mellon faculty in Pittsburgh. He saw strong potential for a relationship to develop between Carnegie Mellon and the competitive technology field in Greece. 

Working closely with the university leadership, Rangos lay the foundation for the Athens MSIN program in partnership with Athens Information Technology (AIT).  The Athens MSIN program graduated its first class of 19 students in 2004 and has since produced over 100 alumni and become a model for distributed education program across campus and around the world.

"John G. Rangos Sr. was the creator of this partnership, affirming his intentions of bridging the talents and resources of one of the world’s oldest democracies with one of America’s most recognized universities," said Christos Halkias, Dean Emeritus of AIT.

"Through his vision and ongoing support, Rangos established an international relationship between two institutions that grew into a talented community of Carnegie Mellon alumni worldwide. Such relationships that foster a sharing of ideas on a global level will continue to drive innovation in technology," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Director of the INI and Director of Education, Training and Outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

Rangos also sits on the board of The Leukemia Society, Carnegie Science Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has contributed more than $8 million towards research of childhood disease. Through his support, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC opened a new 10-story, state-of-the-art John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center in October 2008.

Winners of the first annual Gabby Awards were recognized at a ceremony held on June 19, 2009 in Chicago. Rangos' grandchildren accepted the honor on his behalf.

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