ATHENS — Constantine Tsatsos, a philosopher who became the first president of the Greek Republic in 1975, died of heart failure Thursday, family sources said.
The former university professor and deputy parliamentarian at-large was 88.
Tsatsos was born in Athens and educated at Athens University and in Heidelberg, Germany, where he received a doctorate in philosophy and law. He returned to Athens in 1932 and became a professor of philosophy at Athens University.
Involved in Resistance
Tsatsos was involved in the Greek resistance during World War II and entered politics after the liberation of Greece from German occupation.
Between 1945 and 1975, he served in numerous government posts, including minister of culture and sciences, and never missed a parliamentary election. Tsatsos also was chairman of the parliamentary committee that prepared Greece's republican constitution in 1975.