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Fr. Constantine Nicholas Dombalis

Born: 1926
Died: 2012

Constantine Nicholas Dombalis, D.D.D.h.l. Dean Emeritus
Greek Orthodox Cathedral Cathedral Dean

Mailing Address:
304 Sandalwood Dr.
Richmond, Virginia 23229

Married To:
Former Mary Christine Fourgis, 1954

Two sons:
Nicholas C. and Christopher J.


Hellenic College, B.Th.; Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological Seminary, M. Th.; General Theological Seminary of New York, S.T.B.; Graduate studies: Harvard University Episcopal Theological Seminary; Columbia University.

Honorary Degrees

The University of Richmond, Doctor of Divinity, 1989. Randolph Macon College, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1996.

Presidential Appointments

  • United States Delegate and Ambassador to the United Nations 38th Session, New York, 1983 United States Civil Rights Commission, 1983
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 1980
  • White House Conference for Children and Youth, 1960 (Group Leader) White House Conference for Religious Leaders, 1995

Secretary of State Appointment

United States Commission for UNESCO, 1980

Gubernatoral Appointments

  • Virginia Middle East Peace Commission, 1993
  • Board of Visitors (Trustees), Virginia Commonwealth University and Medical College of Virginia, 1991
  • Virginia Israel Commission, 1986
  • Governor's Electricity Costs Commission of Virginia, 1975 Chairman, Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Service, 1975 Governor's Chaplain Service Committee, 1967

Corporate Boards

  • Dominion National Bank, Richmond, Virginia 1972-1989
  • First Union National Bank, Richmond, Virginia 1993 – 1998
  • Wachovia National Bank 1999 - 2002


Sts. Cosmas and Damianos Senior Residence, Richmond, Virginia, 1988 The Richmond International Airport Interfaith Chapel, 1995

Professional Activities

Department of Humanities, Virginia Union University, 1954, Lecturer; National Council of Churches, Greek Orthodox Representative General Assembly, 1960, 1961, 1969; Richmond Area Ministers Association, 1964, President; Elevation to Proto-presbyter of the Greek Archdiocese of North and South America, 1965; Virginia Council of Greek Orthodox Churches, President, 1960-1972; Committee of Concern in Mississippi to Rebuild Bombed Churches, 1965, Chairman; Archdiocesan Vicar of the Greek Orthodox Churches in Virginia, 1968-1995; Diocesan Youth Commission, 1974; Governing Board of the National Council of Churches, 1976-1983; Virginia Council of Churches, (protestant, Catholic and Orthodox) 1976-1978, President; Hellenic College and Holy Cross Seminary Alumni Association, 1978­1982, President; National Presbyters Council of Archdiocese, 1979-1983; Executive Board of Diocese, 1984-1991; Richmond Area Clergy Association, 1992-95, Vice Chairman.


Interdenominational Religious Works Foundation, 1960; Volunteer Service Bureau, Community Council, 1963: Advisory Committee, Volunteer Service Bureau, Community Council, 1963-1966; Chairman, Clergy Division United Givers Fund, 1965; Board of Governors, United Givers Fund and Budget Committee, 1966-1969; Chairman, Professional Division, United Givers Fund, 1966; Advisory Board, Salvation Army, 1966-1970; Richmond Biracial Commission on Human Relations, 1966 - 1967; Economic Opportunity Program, 1966-1967; Advisory Board, Buford Academy, 1967-1968; Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1968-1970; Clergy Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood, Virginia League, 1968­1972; Professional Advisory Board, Richmond Home for Boy's, 1970; State Advisory Board, Salvation Army, 1971; Admission Committee, United Givers Fund, 1970; James Branch Cabell Library Associates, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1970-1978; Vice President, Mediterranean Institute, University of Richmond, 1970 - 1976; Chairman, Boy's Club Lakeview Council, 1970-1974; President, United Nations Association, Richmond Chapter, 1972; Advisory Board, WXEX-TV and WLEE, 1971; American Red Cross, 1972; Community Advisory Board, 1975; Vice President Boy's Club of Richmond, 1973- 1976; Board of the Near East Foundation, 1977 - 1985; Advisory Board, Cumberland Farm for Adolescents, 1978 - 1980; Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Hellenic College and Greek Orthodox Theological Seminary, 1980 - 1986; Medical College of Virginia HHH Advisory Board, 1984-1988; Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Committee, 1986-1988; Medical College of Virginia Massey Cancer Center Board, 1986 - 1990; Virginia State Board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1986-1990; Executive Board Chairman, Ecumenical Committee, U. S. Holocaust Memorial Council, Religious Leaders, 1989 - 1993; Council for Americas First Freedom, 1990-96 Advisory Board, Virginia Heroes, 1990-1996; President, c.R.O.S.S. 1992-1995; Richmond Recreation and Parks Foundation, 1992-1994; Old Dominion University Hellenic Studies Board, 1993-94; Commonwealth Alliance for Children, Schools, and Family, 1994-96; The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, 1996.

Recognitions and Awards

Gregory Taylor Scholarship for Graduate Studies at Harvard University, 1949; Outstanding Clergyman in the United States in Religious Education, 1955; Co-founder of Pre­Naturalization Classes for Aliens, 1956; (Project cited by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pa., 1965); Citation of Greek Orthodox Churches in Virginia, 1962; Daughters of the American Revolution Citation Award, 1968; National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award, 1974; Anti-Defamation League (ofB'nai B'rith) Torch of Liberty Award, 1976; Directory of American Scholars, 1972; Who's Who in Religion, 1976-1994; Who's Who South and Southwest, 1975-1994 edition; 100 Most Influential Richmonders (Surroundings Magazine, 1984, 1986); Jewish Federation Community Award, 1991. Baccalaureate Speaker, Commencement, College of William and Mary, 1997

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