Helen 'Becky' Demetra Koulouris, 58: Dedicated environmentalist

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BRUNSWICK — Helen “Becky” Demetra Koulouris, 58, died Dec. 1 at Midcoast Hospital.

Born in Stoneham, Mass. on Jan. 1, 1953, she was the daughter of George and Ethel Scruftis Koulouris. She attended Wakefield, Mass. schools and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree from the honors program at the University of Maine in 1976.

In 1973 she married Vernon Campbell Grant, then of Bar Harbor, and they had two children together; they later divorced in 1987. On June 30, 1990, she married Edward L. Hawes, then of Springfield, Ill. at his home on Cobscook Bay near Lubec.

From 1978 to 1982, Koulouris taught in Freeport elementary schools. From 1981 to 1986, she was the assistant director, and later director, of the Haraseeket Project, a major living history program supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She became the environmental studies coordinator at Bowdoin College in 1988, serving there for 15 years. After working at Bowdoin, she managed special projects for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Brunswick/Topsham Land Trust.

Koulouris was an accomplished grant writer and helped various organizations obtaining project funding from the Maine Humanities Council, Quimby Family Foundation, Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Fund, The Land Trust Alliance, Maine Society of Landscape Architects, Maine Department of Agriculture and the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust.

At the time of her death, Koulouris was a board member of the Merrymeeting Arts center and was active in exhibit development for Lubec Landmarks’ Historic McCurdy’s Herring Smokehouse site. She also served on the board of the Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks and Landscapes from 2005 to 2010.

Her family and friends will remember her as a fantastic cook who loved rediscovering her ancestral Greek culinary traditions. As a member of the women’s society at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lewiston, she enjoyed helping prepare pastries for the Greek Festival in August and the December sale.

Kourlouris is survived by her husband Edward Hawes of Brunswick; children Nicholas Coleman Grant and his wife Mary Oliver Wolfe of Cambridge, Mass. and Anne Shields Hopkins and her husband Rafi Hopkins of Eastport; brother Paul Koulouris of East Sandwich, Mass.; sister Joan Sparks of Wakefield, Mass.; and granddaughter Cecilia Maree Hopkins of Eastport.

A memorial service for Koulouris will take place in the next several weeks. The family requests that memorial donations be sent to either the Downeast Coast Conservancy, P.O. Box 760, Machias, ME 04654 or Lubec Landmarks, P.O. Box 422, Lubec, ME 04652.

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