Atlanta Greeks, an Early History by Stephen P. Georgeson

Where it all Began, AHEPA and its Founders by Dr. Victor G. Polizos

Dr. Victor G. Polizos has been an active member of the Atlanta AHEPA Chapter #1 since 1985. As a part of the AHEPA Centennial Foundation for the TRIBUTE Olympic Statue in Centennial Olympic Park, Dr. Polizos served as the Foundation’s historian and co-authored the book chronicling the project, aptly titled TRIBUTE. From 2000-2013, he served on the AHEPA Educational Foundation in Atlanta, and as the chapter’s Vice President of Hellenism. In 2000, Dr. Polizos was selected to be Chapter #1 Ahepan of the Year and District Ahepan of the Year for his service to the organization.

Dr. Polizos has been a member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Atlanta for thirty-eight years. He served as a member of the parish council for eight years, and taught church history to the 10th grade Sunday School class for twelve years.

As an avid reader and lover of history and Hellenism, Dr. Polizos organized multiple presentations and book signings of prominent Greek American authors for the Atlanta church community. In November 2012, Dr. Polizos was awarded the Hellenic Heritage and Public Service Award for the Promotion of Hellenism at the 11th Annual Future of Hellenism Conference in Atlanta, sponsored by the American Hellenic Institute of Washington, D.C.

Dr. Polizos is a Montgomery, Alabama native and son of Greek immigrant parents. He credits his parents for instilling in him a sense of pride for his heritage, and for taking him to Greece several times as a child, allowing his appreciation for the culture and history to become one of his life’s great passions. His early experiences in Greece further inspired him to study there; he graduated from the Medical School of Athens, and went on to practice pediatrics in Atlanta, Georgia from 1985-2018. Dr. Polizos and his wife Christina live in Atlanta and enjoy traveling and visiting their children and grandchildren in Washington, DC and Raleigh, North Carolina. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, photography, gardening, genealogy research, and following the Olympics.