The Alpha Omega Council was founded upon the lofty principles and ideals as outlined in the organization’s mission statement. Today, the Alpha Omega Council flourishes thanks to the inspiration and enthusiasm of it’s founder, Peter Agris.
The following is a brief biography and tribute to our founder.
Peter Agris was born in Gloucester, MA and was raised in Cambridge, graduating from Rindge High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and later attended Suffolk University and Boston University's School of Public Communication, now the College of Communication. In September 1950, at the age of 24, he founded The Hellenic Chronicle, an English-language weekly newspaper targeting the Greek-American community. The newspaper soon gathered a national following, making it the largest Greek-American national weekly newspaper in the United States. It was filled with stories about personal achievements within the community, charitable
causes, religious issues, social news, as well as current events in Greek politics and in U.S. policy toward the Mediterranean. It also followed the news of the organizations that Peter Agris took pride in, like the American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association (AHEPA) and the Alpha Omega
Council, which he founded in 1976.
Agris, who died in 1989, had high standards as an individual and as a journalist. At a dinner honoring the Chronicle's 10th anniversary, Archbishop Iakovos called upon The Hellenic Chronicle to guide the steps of future generations. And it did, for a half century, the last decade published by members of his family seeking to carry on those high standards.
On September 20, 2000, the 50th anniversary of the newspaper, The Hellenic Chronicle published its final edition. With the changing times came changes in the lives of Agris family members. However, with the establishment of The Peter Agris Memorial Scholarship program, the Alpha Omega Council and the Agris family seek to continue to honor the great legacy Peter Agris has left to the Greek-American community and to the Greek Orthodox Church in America and to support young aspiring journalists of Hellenic ancestry.