In Memory Of
Elia G. Stratis
United States of America / Seat 1B
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Elia G. Stratis
Accountant & Senior Partner - Campos & Stratis
July 17, 1945 - December 21, 1988 (Age: 43)

Elia G. Stratis, a trustee of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a senior partner in a large international accounting firm, changed his flight reservation from December 22 to December 21. He had finished his business dealings in London, England, early and was eager to return to his Montvale, New Jersey, home for the holidays with his wife, Mary Kay, and his children, Christopher, Lia, and Sonia.

Born in the Sudan, Elia came to the United States in 1956. He received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He had met his wife at Fairleigh in the late 1960s. University spokesperson, Alice Olick, called him "probably our most dedicated alumnus." He was so deeply involved in athletics and alumni affairs that he became the first alumni member of the Fairleigh Board of Trustees to be given the authority to vote on school matters.

The accounting firm of Campos and Stratis has 20 offices throughout the world. On one trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, Elia sponsored and brought back two black students; on another trip he sponsored two runners, bringing them to live with his family. His partner, Chris Campos, said, "He was a super intelligent, industrious person dedicated to his family. There's going to be a big gap...with his friendship and his leadership in the firm." His long time secretary echoed the feelings of many when she said, "I will miss his guidance and understanding and enthusiasm for life."

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