James Efstathios Alatis 7/13/1926 – 2/28/2015

This site is dedicated to Professor Emeritus  James E. Alatis and his Speeches and Papers.



On May 31, 2012 James E Alatis officially retired from Georgetown University, where he served for over 4 decades, 21 of those years in the dual role of  Dean of the School of Languages and Linguistics (SLL) and Executive Secretary of TESOL – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, preceded by his 7 years as Associate Dean.


This site is dedicated to his Speeches and Papers.

His Online Biography may be purchased at:



Dr. James E. Alatis, 88
On February 28, 2015, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends in Arlington VA.  Loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, he is survived by his loving wife Penelope M. Alatis of 63 years, three sons William J. Alatis wife Olya, Stephen J. Alatis, Anthony J. Alatis, and his grandchildren James A. Alatis, Alexa P. Alatis, and Natalia R. Alatis, sisters Despina Dandalides husband George, and Frances Vlahos. He is preceded in death by his brothers John, Charles, Manuel Alatis, and sister Anna Lucas. Dean Emeritus of Georgetown University and Distinguished Professor of Languages and Linguistics and Modern Greek, where he taught for 46 years. Founding Father and Executive Director of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International for over 20 years.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 and Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria, VA 22302. The Funeral Service will occur on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041. Interment will follow at Columbia Gardens Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to TESOL Awards Fund.



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