Dr Vassilios Elias “Bill” Haloulakos

Dr Vassilios Elias “Bill” Haloulakos

Birth
Sparta, Regional unit of Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece
Death 13 Jan 2019 (aged 88)
Burbank, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Courts of Remembrance Companion Garden, Map A68, Lot 1933, Space 1 B
Memorial ID 196575414 · View Source
Suggest Edits

DR VASSILIOS ELIAS HALOULAKOS
Entered Life: January 13, 1931
Entered Eternal Life: January 13, 2019
Dr Vassilios Elias Haloulakos, born in Sparta, Greece, was a resident of Burbank, California since 1964. Dr Haloulakos is survived by his son, the Reverend Protodeacon George Haloulakos, daughter-in-law, Sharon and his brothers George and Aris.
Bill, as he was generally known by his friends and colleagues, viewed himself as a lifetime learner who stayed young by learning something new each day. As a rocket scientist, aerospace engineer and university lecturer Bill was a major player / significant contributor in a golden era of Aeronautics & Aviation -- the Jet Age, Space Race and Cold War -- with a stellar career from the late 1950s through the late 1990s. He worked with the marquee US astronauts of the era and on a couple of occasions with Soviet cosmonauts during that same period. Among the projects Bill is associated with are the Gemini and Apollo manned space missions, Sky Lab, Upstage anti-ballistic missile interceptor, DC-10 jet airliner, NERVA (Nuclear Engine Rocket Vehicle Application) and the DC-X Clipper reusable single stage rocket. He was a loyal Trojan having graduated with Bachelor's (BSME), Master's (MSAE) and Doctorate (ENGR.D) degrees from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Bill served as President of various technical societies throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Bill is the author of two books - MATHEMATICS, THE LAYMAN AND DAILY LIFE and ROCKET PROPULSION FUNDAMENTALS AND MISSION ANALYSIS. In addition he published over 100 scientific & technical papers in his field. His teaching career included university instructor in physics & mathematics, academic decathlon advisor and as a docent at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
Bill was married for 65 years to Victoria Villarreal Haloulakos (1925-2018). They met while he was a member of the Greek Air Force Academy training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where she was working as a Civil Servant with the US Air Force. The third youngest child of Elias and Zoitsa Haloulakos, Bill fully embraced being a longtime American citizen while maintaining a lifelong pride in his Spartan heritage. He viewed his enjoyment of baseball and football as part of his becoming a US citizen as it enabled him to learn nuances of American culture. For a time, Bill was an active scuba diver and in the mid-1960s, he was an adult leader for the YMCA Indian Guides. Bill also enjoyed traveling, gardening, walking, hiking, and was an avid reader. In his final years, Bill showed single-minded devotion as a caregiver for his wife, Victoria, and took great joy in their daily recital of The Lord's Prayer.


Family Members

Spouse

Sponsored by Ancestry

Advertisement

Plan a visit to Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)?

Advertisement

Advertisement

  • Created by: HiD
  • Added: 3 Feb 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 196575414
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Vassilios Elias “Bill” Haloulakos (13 Jan 1931–13 Jan 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 196575414, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by HiD (contributor 48556327) .