Longtime Los Altos resident and former mayor Theodoros “Ted” Laliotis died Oct. 12. He was 79.
Born in Epidavros, Greece, March 21, 1939, Mr. Laliotis was the youngest of four children. He immigrated to San Francisco at the age of 19 and attended San Jose State University and UC Berkeley, where he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering.
In 1966, he married Evangelia Cochila and moved to Los Altos, where they raised their sons, Ari and Tony.
Mr. Laliotis worked as a technology executive at Hewlett-Packard and was an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Lifetime Fellow. After his retirement, he pursued his passion for entrepreneurship in real estate and investment.
A dedicated public servant, he was elected mayor of Los Altos in 1991 and served on the city council for many years.
His Greek background was important to Mr. Laliotis, who worked to preserve his heritage and Greek Orthodox faith through the Hellenic Federation of Northern California, the Elios Society and the Metropolis Council, among many organizations. He received the Axion award, the Elios Cultural Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his efforts. In 2012, Mr. Laliotis was invested as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Mr. Laliotis enjoyed spending time at Lake Tahoe and in Greece, fishing, skiing and listening to Greek music.
His family and friends said they would remember him for his love of life, generosity and dedication to his family.
He is survived by wife Evangelia, sons Ari and Tony, daughters-in-law Kristy and Lisa, and grandchildren Emily, Katy, Grace, Anthony and Isla.