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Ex-Greek American Publisher Dies

August 25, 1998

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Solon G. Vlasto, publisher of what was once the largest Greek newspaper in the United States, has died. He was 94.

Vlasto, who published the Greek-language daily Atlantis in New York, died Monday in an Athens retirement home 25 years after returning to his native land, local media reported today.

Vlasto moved to the United States in 1918 and went to work at Atlantis, which was owned by his uncle, Solon J. Vlasto. It was founded in 1894.

Starting as a copy boy, Vlasto worked his way through the ranks and took over as publisher in 1944. The newspaper was willed to him by his uncle. It once had a peak circulation of 22,000 in the 1950′s, but foundered and shut down in 1973.

New York is still home to the two largest Greek-language dailies published in the United States, the National Herald and Proini.

Vlasto retired to his parents’ home in the northern Athens suburb of Kifissia in 1973.

He is survived by his sons, James Vlasto of New York City and George Vlasto of Kent, Conn.

Funeral arrangements were not known.

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