Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Constance Logothetis, 83

WILMINGTON — Constance “Connie” Logothetis passed away peacefully in Wilmington, North Carolina surrounded by her loved ones. Born into a military family, Connie introduced herself to the world in West Point, New York of a USMA graduate and daughter of a West Pointer. She and her siblings grew up as “Army Brats” at various bases and posts from Georgia to Germany.

After graduating from Mary Washington College (then part of the University of Virginia), Connie traveled through Europe before settling in Wilmington, Delaware as a chemist at the DuPont Experimental Station. There she met her future husband, Anestis “Andy” Logothetis – from Greece and a fellow DuPont chemist. After a courtship which included quarry swims, theater productions, dances, and ski trips, the two married in 1963. Soon after, Connie left DuPont, received an MS degree in Education at the Univ. of Delaware and began teaching science at Forwood Junior High School before becoming a mother.

The family spent five years in Louisville, Kentucky before returning to Wilmington. Between horse shows, soccer games, Girl Scouts, tennis matches, music recitals, church activities, school plays, ski trips, camping excursions, and vacations, Connie was the calming factor in the maelstrom of life.

When the kids became more self-sufficient, Connie returned to teaching Middle School science at Tower Hill School before moving on to be a naturalist at the Delaware Nature Society. Connie organized “Stream Watch” programs and other educational endeavors for local school children.

Connie and Andy were ardent travelers and enjoyed the familiar (USA/Greece/Europe) and the exotic (Fiji/Kenya/Ecuador). They passed down their love of adventure and lived experiences to their children. Trip highlights include swimming with dolphins, going on a safari, witnessing the biodiversity of the Galapagos, appreciating sunsets in Hawaii, enjoying scenery in New Zealand and Australia, strolling seafood markets in Japan, and skiing the majestic Rockies/Alps.

Connie and Andy moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in 2009 to be closer to their recently-born grandson. An animal lover, Connie enjoyed the company of a family dog for the majority of her married life.

Everywhere she went, Connie made friends and kept in touch with them over the years. Her cherished relationships would last decades through correspondence and visits. She would always offer her services out of a sense of loyalty and community.

Connie is survived by her husband Anestis; brother Robert; children Elaine Jack (Matthew) and Michael; and grandson Leonidas Jack. She is predeceased by her parents Major Gen. Robert and Constance Booth and sister Barbara “Linkey” Green. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Cape Fear Literacy Council in Connie’s name. The family will host a celebration of Connie’s life on June 3 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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