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Elia G. Stratis Family Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn and Tim Carter
Date: March 2015


Photograph of Elia G. Stratis

Born in Sudan on June 17, 1945, Elia G. Stratis came to the United States in 1956. He received both his bachelors of science and masters of science degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and met his wife there in the late 1960s. Elia was a trustee of his alma mater, and a senior partner in a large international accounting firm. Elia had finished his business in London ahead of schedule and changed his flight reservation from December 22 to December 21, 1988 so he could return home to his family in Montvale, New Jersey. Elia was survived by his wife, Mary Kay; and his children, Christopher, Lia, and Sonia.

In 2001, Mary Kay Stratis joined the board of directors for Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc., an organization with the goal of commemorating the victims and acting as a resource for those seeking information about the attack. In 2006, she was elected Vice President, and two years later in 2008 was elected Board Chair.

Kathy Daniels, widow of William A. Daniels, another victim of the flight, also joined the organization. In 2002 she served as Recording Secretary for the organization, was elected Vice President in 2008, and for a short time served as co-chair with Mary Kay Stratis in 2012. Kathy remarried, and her son-in-law, Christopher Tedeschi, and Mary Kay Stratis’ daughter, Sonia Stratis, were married in 2010.

Scope and Content Note

The Elia G. Stratis Family Collection contain placards used to protest at Gaddafi’s speech at the United Nations in 2009, miniature Libyan flags, a protest t-shirt, and printed materials regarding Gaddafi’s regime. The collection also includes the wedding invitations of Sonia Stratis and Christopher Tedeschi.


Access Restrictions:

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Elia G. Stratis Family Collection. Related collections include:

William A. Daniels Family Collection

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Pan American World Airways, Inc. Collection

Syracuse University: Individuals Collection

Selected Search Terms


Stratis Family.
Stratis, Elia G.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.

Types of Material

Wedding announcements.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elia G. Stratis Family Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Elia G. Stratis Family Collection was donated by Mary Kay Stratis between 2009 and 2013.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. The T-shirt was wrapped in tissue paper.


Folders are arranged alphabetically. Oversized placards were moved to a map drawer.

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