- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 12, 2005

BETHESDA (AP) — Frank William Kyriopoulos, a retired Air Force officer who found a second career as an Elvis impersonator and once performed for President Clinton at the White House, died Nov. 2. He was 61.

The retired Air Force officer died of complications during heart surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

He also helped run his wife’s business, Entertainment by Carisma, which hires dancers and star impersonators.

Mr. Kyriopoulos served in the Air Force from 1968 to 1988 and helped found the Air Force Academy’s Arabic language program in 1976.

He received a master’s degree in Middle East studies from the University of Utah in 1971 and studied at the American University in Beirut. In 1994, he received a master’s degree in psychological services from Marymount University.

After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he worked as an Arabic translator and intelligence analyst for the defense contractor SAIC.

Mr. Kyriopoulos was the son of Afton and James Kyriopoulos and raised in Salt Lake City, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. He was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America and earned honors as an Eagle Scout. Throughout his career, Mr. Kyriopoulos served at various international and national posts. He moved to Springfield in 1981.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Christine; mother, Afton; mother-in-law, Carolyn Gravis; two sons, Niko and Christopher; daughters-in-law, Melodie and Coco; grandchildren, Charlie, Phoebe and Alexander; and sisters, Marjorie, Kathryn, Mary, Debra, Jami, and their families.

The funeral was held Nov. 8 at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church. Donations can be made to the American Diabetic Association, 1660 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314 or the Salvation Army, 6528 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22312.

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