October 5, 1934 - April 24, 2014
Passed away peacefully with family at his side on April 24, 2014. He was born on October 5, 1934 in Denver, Colorado. He lived The American Dream, born to immigrant parents from Greece, who worked and sacrificed for both their children.
Gus grew up in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from the University of Southern California, Phi Beta Kapa and Magna Cum Laude with honors. He then attended the University of Southern California School of Medicine.
He served with distinction as the Chief Medical Resident at LA County USC Medical Center. Upon completion of his cardiology fellowship, he moved to Orange County, CA where he began a three decade medical practice.
He was a medical pioneer, establishing one of the first Coronary Care Units in all of Orange County, CA and instituting new innovative medical procedures (cardiac defibrillation) which are routine today.
He founded the Fullerton Cardiovascular Medical Group which continues in practice today.
Gus was a devoted fan of USC football for most of his life, and an active supporter of the athletics program. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed many special times with family and friends on the course.
Gus was a devoted husband to his wife of 50 years, Rosemary who preceded him in death in 2010. He was also a devoted father to four sons whom he loved dearly.
He is survived by his sister Georgia Kunelis-Otto, four children, Steven Michael Kunelis, Thomas Kunelis, William George "Bill"Kunelis, and John Charles Kunelis as well as five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his name to the USC School of Medicine.
Published by Los Angeles Times on Apr. 30, 2014.