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Class of 1961 (OMS Residency)


Dr. Dimas

Dr. Louis Dimas passed away peacefully with his family present on Jan. 15, 2022 at his home in Joliet, Ill. He was 91.

He was born in 1930 in Joliet. He graduated from Joliet Township High School, attended Joliet Junior College, and graduated from the University of Illinois Dental School. He then served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force as a dentist and was stationed in Japan, where he became interested in oral surgery. He entered Northwestern University for oral surgery and did his residency at the UW, King County Hospital. He accepted a position teaching oral surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Dimas returned to Joliet to marry the love of his life, Joan, in 1962 at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, where he was an organist and director in the choir in his youth. He later served as president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and was a member of the church board.

He opened his oral surgery practice in 1962 and was the second oral surgeon in Will and surrounding counties. He served as president of the Will County Dental Society and was a member of the American Dental Society and the Hellenic American Dental Society. Additionally, he served as Chair of Dental Staff at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center and Silver Cross Hospital. He retired as an oral surgeon in 1992.

Dr. Dimas was president of the Will County Cancer Society and a member of the Joliet Rotary Club and the board of the Boy Scouts of America. Upon retirement, he visited all 50 states and traveled around the world twice with his family. He loved hunting with his friends in Wyoming and spending afternoons golfing. If he wasn’t cheering for the Chicago Cubs or the Bears, he was listening to Frank Sinatra, dancing the night away with his wife, reading, watching shows about history, or entertaining friends and family at home.

Dr. Dimas is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joan (nee Samios); daughter Marina; son John; and granddaughter Alexandra (Sean) Murray. He was preceded in death by his brothers Rev. Constantine (Coola) and George (Georgene). (