- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2004

John Panagos, 82,media executive

John Panagos, an innovator in the communications industry, died Jan. 30 of leukemia after a three-day stay at the Johns Hopkins University medical center in Baltimore. He was 82.

A resident of Potomac, Mr. Panagos was the son of Evdokia and Milton Panagos, who emigrated from Greece and settled in Washington.

He attended the University of Maryland and the University of Georgia. In June 1943, he graduated from the Pensacola Naval Air Station, obtaining his Navy aviator wings and a commission as an ensign.

During World War II, he distinguished himself as a dive bomber pilot.

After the war, he worked for 10 years at the Scripps-Howard Washington Daily News. He also was a former owner of the Gaithersburg Gazette, and in 1966, he received the area’s first franchise for cable television.

He sold the Gazette in 1979 to Davis Kennedy. Mr. Panagos sold the cable business to Tribune Corp. of Chicago, which is now Comcast Cable TV, with headquarters in Montgomery County.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; their daughters, Linda Madden and Diane Noone of Texas, Kathy Armstrong of Germantown and Lisa Marie Panagos of Hollywood, Calif.; his brother, George Panagos of Bethesda; his sisters, Vasha Kolius of Chevy Chase and Peggy Lee of the District; and six grandchildren.

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