Lazaros Efraimoglou, co-founder of Foundation of the Hellenic World, dies

Lazaros Efraimoglou, the co-founder of the Foundation of the Hellenic World, has died at the age of 81, it was announced on Thursday.

Following a successful business career, Efraimoglou served in the Greek Parliament and at the Council of Europe.

“As a person, he was known for his politeness and his desire to make a contribution to society,” Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said in a statement.

The foundation is a privately funded not-for-profit cultural institution based in Athens and founded in 1993 to preserve “Hellenic history and tradition, the creation of an awareness of the universal dimension of Hellenism and the promotion of its contribution to cultural evolution.”