1929
  • Born July 27 in Steubenville, OH
1939
  • Ten-year-old John G. Rangos stands on a soda pop case beside his grandfather to see and hear President Franklin Delano Roosevelt speak. The experience makes a lasting impression on the young Mr. Rangos
1941 – 1945
  • As a boy, Mr. Rangos carefully observes many Americans working together, making him keenly aware of their selfless sacrifice in supporting their communities and the nation during the Second World War. This experience also makes a lasting impression
1951 – 1954
  • Serves U.S. Army during the Korean War
  • Receives the National Defense Medal
  • Receives the United Nations Medal
  • Receives the Korean Campaign Medal
  • Receives the Presidential Unit Citation from President Truman and South Korean President Syngman Rhee
1958
  • Advisor to Senator Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania (U.S. Senate, 1959-77). Sen. Scott served on the board of directors of Mr. Rangos' company until 1994
  • Advisor to Pittsburgh Mayor David L. Lawrence during a successful gubernatorial campaign. Mr. Lawrence served as governor of Pennsylvania in 1959-63
1959
  • Joins Board of Advisors at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology at Archbishop Iakovos' request, serves on that board thru 1962
1960
  • John F. Kennedy presidential campaign worker/advisor in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia
1970
  • Founder, Chairman and CEO of Chambers Development Inc., an innovative environmental management company specializing in the transport and disposal of solid wastes
1976
  • Delegate of Pennsylvania for the 1976 Democratic National Convention, held at New York City's Madison Square Garden
1978
  • Appointed by William Clay Ford Sr., grandson of Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford, to represent the State of Pennsylvania in the United Nations Association; addresses the U.N.
1980
  • Appointed as a delegate to U.S. Olympic Committee, told athletes on 1980 U.S. Olympic Team not to lose heart after President Carter ordered the U.S. Team to boycott the Moscow Olympics in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
1987
  • Establishes the John G. Rangos Sr. Family Charitable Foundation
1988
  • Receives the Academy of Achievement Award from the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle (American-based Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate)
  • Receives the USOC Certificate of Appreciation
  • Elected Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Order St. Andrew
1989
  • Newsboy Champion, Pittsburgh Post Gazette (former paperboys who become successful businessmen who also support Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Free Care activities)
  • Receives Duquesne University Appreciation for Dedication as a member of the university's Board of Directors, 1989-2006
1990
  • Inaugurates John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University
  • Inaugurates original John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (suburb of Oakland)
  • Receives the Community Service Organization's Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award from the National Society of Fundraising Executives
  • Receives Pittsburgh Man of the Year Award for Business & Labor from the Community Service Organization
  • Receives the Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • Receives the United Way's Outstanding Campaign Performance Award
  • Receives the Juvenile Diabetes Association's Business Man of the Year Award
  • Newsboy Champion, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
  • Receives South Carolina Army National Guard's Palmetto Patriot Certificate
1991
  • Receives National Patriots Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
  • Receives Environmental Recognition Award from the Society for the Preservation of Greek Heritage
  • Receives AHEPA Academy of Achievement Award in Natural Sciences
  • Receives the United Way's Outstanding Campaign Performance Award
  • Joins United Way Field Goal Club (the United Way partners with the NFL to promote the good works of the United Way)
  • Receives Vietnam Veteran of the Year in Business Award
  • Receives Washington County Fairgrounds' Community Interest & Good Neighbor Policy Award
  • Newsboy Champion, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
  • Georgia Governor Zell Miller appoints Mr. Rangos a Lt. Colonel of the Georgia National Guard
  • Receives South Carolina Army National Guard's Palmetto Patriot Certificate
  • Receives Leukemia Society Appreciation award
1992
  • Establishes International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), with support from Archbishop Iakovos
  • Receives B'Nai B'rith International Corporate Leadership Award
  • Receives Man of the Year Award from Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce
  • Receives Boy Scouts of America's Handicapped Service Award
  • Receives Junior Achievement Award from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation
  • Receives Catholic Youth Association Art Rooney Award
  • Receives AHEPA's Aristotle Award
  • Elected Boy Scouts of America's Man of the Year
  • Newsboy Champion, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
1993
  • Newsboy Champion, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
1994
  • Becomes Vice Chairman of USA Waste Services after merger with Chambers Development
  • Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Speaker
1996
  • Establishes the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, which supports the activities of the CMOH Society
1998
  • Receives ALS Association's Man of the Year Award (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease")
1999
  • Receives Man of the Year Award from Ronald McDonald House
2000
  • Inaugurates John G. Rangos, Sr. - Massimo M. Trucco Diabetes Research Laboratory inside the original Rangos Research Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Receives Duquesne University Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences degree
  • Listed among 200 Best Small Companies in America
2002
  • Donates 71 acres for Recreational Rail-to-Trail in Westmoreland County, PA to help complete the trail from Westmoreland County to Washington, DC
  • Endows John G. Rangos Professorship of Adult Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School to enhance research on intestinal and colorectal cancers study (results of initial four-year study performed by Dr. Francis Giardiello eventually reveal that anti-inflammatory drugs fail to prevent hereditary colon cancer)
  • Inaugurates the John G. Rangos Sr. Library at St. Vladimir's Seminary in Crestwood, NY
2003
  • Helps form the pilot partnership of the Information Networking Institute (INI) at Carnegie Mellon University and Athens Institute of Technology to offer the INI's master of science in Information Networking degree at AIT; later helps develop similar programs in Qatar, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, India and Portugal
2004
  • CMOH Foundation sponsors "Price of Freedom: Americans at War", a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History
2006
  • Groundbreaking for the John G. Rangos Sr. Life Sciences Building, the first of five new structures at Johns Hopkins University's new Science + Technology Park in Baltimore, MD
  • Serves as Grand Marshall of the annual Greek Independence Parade on NYC's 5th Avenue, organized each year by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York
  • Recognized as a great role model and leader by the Chios Societies of the Americas & Canada, and served as honorary co-chairman of the 52nd National Chian Convention
  • Receives Duquesne University Appreciation Award for Dedication as a member of the university's Board of Directors
2008
  • Dedication ceremony for the grand opening of the new Rangos Life Sciences Building at Johns Hopkins Science + Technology Park in Baltimore
  • Mr. Rangos champions groundbreaking international research and teaching collaboration between Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Patras in Greece. A memorandum of understanding is officially signed by John G. Rangos Sr., both institutions and His Eminence Metropolitan Soterios of Toronto, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Canada
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine and Hellenic faculty members make official first-time visit to University of Patras. Mr. Rangos addresses participants, including Greek Government officials, academics, and local officials with a taped video message
  • Inaugurates new John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center at the new Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's campus in the suburb of Lawrenceville, marking the first completed phase of the new Children's Hospital
2009
  • Receives National Public Service Award for philanthropy and business success during the American Hellenic Institute's 34th annual Hellenic Heritage Achievement Awards Gala
  • Receives award for excellence in philanthropy and public service during 1st annual GABBY Awards Gala. The GABBY Awards were established by the Greek America Foundation to honor Greeks in North America who strive for excellence in various fields of endeavor (e.g., business, philanthropy, the arts, education, public service), because the pursuit of excellence is a core Greek ideal, and people who pursue excellence inspire others to do the same
2010
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh honors Mr. Rangos by mounting a portrait of him in the main reception area of the new Rangos Research Center in the suburb of Lawrenceville
2011
  • Richard King Mellon Foundation gives $23 million to establish a pediatric research institute inside the new Rangos Research Center at Children's Hospital
  • CMOH Society honors Mr. Rangos with a special Challenge Coin collection during an appreciation dinner the night before the Society's annual Patriots Awards Gala
  • Mr. Rangos helps the CMOH Foundation launch its national education initiative to introduce a special curriculum with 48 lessons in bravery and self-sacrifice at public schools across the country, bringing children in direct contact with living Medal of Honor recipients
2012
  • Establishes the John G. Rangos Sr. Awards for Creativity in Cancer Discovery at Johns Hopkins Medicine, challenging the JHM community's best and brightest young students and researchers to focus their minds on finding ways to more effectively treat and cure metastatic cancer
  • Sponsors a special symposium at the new Center for Military Medicine Research at UPMC, and begins supporting the Outdoor Odyssey Leadership Academy in Boswell, PA to further underscore his deep and abiding concern for the America's veterans and wounded warriors
2013
  • Mr. Rangos recognized as "Chairman Emeritus" by the Congressional Medal of Honor (CMOH) Foundation.
  • Mr. Rangos, a veteran of the Korean War, plays an active role in supporting programs and organizations endeavoring to help wounded warriors get back on their feet.
  • Sponsors the John G. Rangos Sr. Awards to encourage JHM students to find innovative new ways to treat cancer when the disease is in metastasis.
2014
  • The John G. Rangos foundation supports the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s new Center for Military Medicine Research.
  • The John G. Rangos foundation supports the Outdoor Odyssey Leadership Academy in Boswell, Pennsylvania.
2016
  • The Board and Faculty of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary conferrs a Doctor of Humane Letters degree to John G. Rangos, Sr., seminary benefactor, in a special ceremony on February 7, 2016, in Boca Raton, Florida.
2017
  • The John G. Rangos Senior Cancer Research Scholars Fund provides funding to support pioneering research in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology.
  • As part of John G. Rangos 88th birthday party, a special bust that was commissioned by Duquesne University was unveiled to honor Mr. Rangos’ extensive philanthropic support of Duquesne.
  • The 26-year-old Rangos Omnimax Theater in the Carnegie Science Center closes as a new Rangos Giant Screen Cinema will take its place, featuring 4K laser digital projection technology on a curved 70-foot screen, Dolby Atmos sound and new seating.