George Papanicolaou passed away on February 19th 1962, in Miami Beach, Florida. A few months earlier he had settled down in this remote site of the US to undertake the management of a new cancer Research Institute. According to his doctors, his death was due to heart attack.
The following days his body was transported to New York and his funeral was held in the Orthodox Cathedral of of Saint Trinity, on February 23rd, 1962.
Archbishop Iakovos who pronounced the obituary, pointed out the following: “Papanicolaou dedicated his science to the mankind and became the savior of millions of women from the plague of cancer”. The funeral was attended by the General consul of Greece Mr V. Bitsaxis, members of the Greek embassy, α delegation of the UN, doctors from various Medical
Associations of New York and other scientists.
The famous cytologist is buried in the small Cemetery of Clinton, New Jersey.