It is with a heavy heart that the family announces the passing of Anthony “Tony” Psaltis, on October 30, 2010, after a brief battle with leukemia.
Born in San Francisco in 1934 to Sprio and Calliope Psaltis, he followed in his brother, Art’s, footsteps as a wonderful son, and quickly found a love for the game of basketball during junior high years at Everett Junior High. After being elected to All-City honors in both 1951 and 1952, an being named CIF Player of the Year-Northern Section in 1952 while at Mission High School, he chose the University of Southern California on full scholarship. He was a proud member and eventually president of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. It was on to varsity his sophomore year, as Tony lead the Trojans to unprecedented heights that season, reaching the Final Four. No USC basketball team has reached the Final Four since. Elected captain in his senior year, he received MVP honors, and All-Coast honors. During his time at USC, he met Phyllis Angel, who would become his wife a few years later. As a Helen of Troy, Phyllis and Tony became a campus couple and married in 1957. Tony considered a pro career, but decided on serving his country in the military in both the Marine Corp and Army. He finished his duties and returned to US as an assistant head coach under Forrest Twogood, 1959-66. After coaching, he became owner/operator of Guarantee Pest Control Company, in which he was providing personal service with his special touch until his passing. He moved to north Glendale in 1962 and lived there for 48 years. The community and neighbors became his extended family.