A licensed pilot since his teens, Ted’s specialty was air to air photography. He was inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame in 1994 and the EAA Oshkosh Hall of Fame in 2001, where many of his photographs are on display today.
During World War II, Ted served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation photographer aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. After the war, he opened Koston Studio on Grand Avenue, which he operated for 10 years. He retired as a staff photographer for the Chicago Public Schools after 20 years.
For more than 40 years, he served with the Civil Air Patrol, rising to the rank of major. Mr. Costopoulos’ wife of 52 years, Rose, passed away in 2008. They had two children; A daughter, Kristine and a son John.
We salute Theodore “Ted” Costopoulos’ accomplishments as a Steinmetz Alumni, and a fine representation of our fine school.
More information and links on Theodore Costopoulos known professionally as Ted Koston:
- View an article about him in the Chicago Tribune.
- Chicago Tribune Death Notice
- Photo of Ted displaying aerial photographs at Koston Studio
- This flickr page honors the photography of Ted Koston, who passed away in August, 2009.
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