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Matila Ghyka

  • Birth 13 Sep 1881
  • Death 14 Jul 1965
  • Burial Acton, London Borough of Ealing, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 5903671

Romanian Royalty. Born Matila Costiescu Ghyka in Iasi, the former capital of Moldavia. He attended Maritime College of Jersey, The French Naval Academy, and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles before he joined the diplomatic service in 1910. He served as Minister Plenipotentiary, at Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, and London over the course of his career. In 1918, he married the daughter of a British diplomat, Eileen O'Conor, and with her her had two children. During the 1920s and 1930s he associated with such people as Marcel Proust and the American expatriate literati in Paris and London. After the second World War the family fled from Communist Romania to the United States where he became a visiting professor of aesthetics first at USC and then Mary Washington College in Virginia. He published his memoirs in 1961 under the title The World Mine Oyster. After a return to London, he was predeceased by his wife of forty-five years before himself succumbing at age 83.

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  • Originally Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 28 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5903671
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Matila Ghyka (13 Sep 1881–14 Jul 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5903671, citing Gunnersbury Cemetery, Acton, London Borough of Ealing, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .