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George Behrakis

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Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on New Year’s Day 1934, George Behrakis has time and again distinguished himself as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. After studying pharmaceuticals at Northeastern University, Mr. Behrakis became a salesman at Johnson & Johnson where he contributed to the launch of Tylenol®. He would go on to become founder and CEO of two successful drug companies, Dooner Laboratories and Muro Pharmaceuticals. After leaving the board of Muro in 1988, Mr. Behrakis began his second career, that of a philanthropist, with an emphasis on education, healthcare, and Greek art, religion and culture. Along these lines, Mr. Behrakis provided support for and was personally involved in Harvard University’s anti-smoking campaign in Greece. He is best known for his significant contributions to Northeastern University’s College of Health Sciences and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

George Behrakis is a 2016 National Hellenic Society Excellence Award winner.