Savvas Philip Savopoulos

Savvas Philip Savopoulos

Cheverly, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Death 14 May 2015 (aged 46)
Woodley Park, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Memorial ID 161149191 · View Source
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Savvas Savopoulos was the CEO of American Iron Works, Inc., (AIW) as well as CEO of Sigma Investment Strategies, LLC. He was a fifth generation Washingtonian and a descendant, on his mother's side of Louis W. DuBois, the founder of the Huguenot Settlement of New Paltz, NY, and "Patentee" of the twelve.

Savvas received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland where he studied Business and Analytic Philosophy, and was a member of the Sigma Phi fraternity. Savvas obtained his law degree from American University. However, he preferred engineering and was known for having innovative ideas. On February 4, 2014 he was granted the patent for "Welder having a wireless receiver for remote control". Patent No. US 8642921 B2.

Savvas was a member of the Young Presidents Association, and was active in the organization. He and his company AIW received a personal commendation from the Secretary of Defense for restoration work at the Pentagon after the 9/11 attack.

Notable for his philanthropy, he was known for his leadership in and contributions to Starlight Children's Foundation, Children's National Medical Center, the National Child Research Center where he served previously as a board member, and St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Savvas enjoyed numerous activities including martial arts, where he excelled in both knowledge and technical skill. Savvas was the current headmaster of a traditional style of Japanese swordsmanship dating to mid 1800's. His love for the martial arts started at the young age of seventeen and it was his dream to have a Japanese style center both in architecture and spirit of teaching traditional Japanese martial arts. This center, that recently opened, has about 2,000 square feet of mat space, two libraries, a kitchen, sleeping quarters and other amenities where live-in students can excel in their pursuit of the martial arts.

Most recently, Savvas assumed significant responsibility as a judge on the International Court of Appeals of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile in Paris, France. The FIA Court of Appeals is the final appeal tribunal for international motorsports. Savvas was unanimously elected to this position by the member nations of the Federation.

He loved the arts including the opera. Savvas was a member of the Congressional and Chevy Chase Country Clubs. He was a world traveler, a prolific photographer, and a skilled powerboat enthusiast. To his family and many friends, Savvas represented loyalty and devotion, integrity, compassion, and courage.

Killed in their Upper Northwest Washington home were Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife, Amy Savopoulos, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, of Silver Spring. The four were found dead May 14 after a fire was set at the home, and police believe they had been held overnight.

Two daughters were away at school at the time.

Savvas Savopoulos’s assistant dropped off a package containing $40,000 to the house hours before the fire and bodies were discovered last Thursday. Police records also show numerous calls involving Savopoulos from and to the assistant, a bank, an accountant and business associates that morning.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the names of Savvas, Amy, and Philip may be made to St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (to benefit The Girls Orphanage of Lamia, Greece), 2815 36th Street NW, Washington, DC 20007; The National Child Research Center - (, 3209 Highland Place NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Bio by: PMS Sillix

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Savvas Philip Savopoulos (25 Sep 1968–14 May 2015), Find a Grave Memorial no. 161149191, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Loretta Castaldi (contributor 47472615) .