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Dimitrios (Ioannis) Negroponte[1, 2, 3]

Male 1915 - 1996  (81 years)


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  • Name Dimitrios (Ioannis) Negroponte 
    Born 25 Mar 1915  Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 7 Apr 1915 according to both Sturdza and the US Social Security Death Index.
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Jun 1996  London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The US Social Security Index gives his last residence as the UK. Social Security number: 085-24-3634.
    Notes 
    • Orphaned young he lived in Klosters/Davos until he was about 17, cared for by Didi Stathatos who then employed him in Athens in 1938 where he met his wife and married young. (Christopher Long)
    • Worked for Stavros Niarchos and on his own account, moving with his wife from London to New York at the request of his father-in-law Nicholas Coumantaros on the outbreak of WWII. He remained there until 1972 when he re-settled happily in London.
    • Dimitri John Negroponte became a naturalized US citizen on 18 Apr 1949. He gave his birth date as 25 Mar 1915 and his residence as 130 E. 75th St., New York, New York.
    • Residence: 1941-1942, 1009 Park Avenue, NYC (6 rooms, 3 baths) (New York Times, 15 Jan 1942 p 35); 1943-49, 130 E 75th St., New York, New York ("Larger Suites Rented in East 70th Street," (New York Times, 9 Jun 1943 p 35); after 1972, London, England.
    • Dimitri John Negroponte became a naturalized US citizen on 18 Apr 1949. He gave his birth date as 25 Mar 1915 and his residence as 130 E. 75th St., New York, New York.
    • Residence: 1943, 130 E 75th St., New York, New York ("Larger Suites Rented in East 70th Street," (New York Times 9 Jun 1943 p 35).
    • Travel: Dimitri Y. Negroponte, 24, ship owner, Greek national born in Athens, and his wife Catharine D., 22, a Greek national born in New York, arrived New York on the Queen Mary 18 Oct 1938 from England/Cherbourg, France; Dimitri, 33, Greek citizen, steamship agent, and wife Catherine, 32, with the intended address Athenaeum Court, 116 Picadilly, London W.1., with intention to live abroad (not in UK or commonwealth country) arrived Southampton, England on the Queen Elizabeth 28 Oct 1948; to New York: from Le Havre, France on the America 30 Mar 1950 with their children John, 10 and Nicholas, 6; from Le Havre, France on the Ile de France 19 Mar 1952; arrived Idlewild Airport, Idlewild, New York from Kindley Field, Hamilton, Bermuda 26 Apr 1953; arrived New York International Airport from Nassau, Bahamas 7 Mar 1954; from Cannes, France on the Independence 28 Jul 1955 with their four sons; from Le Havre, France on the Liberte 20 Mar 1956 with their children George, 3 and Michael, 3; from Le Havre, France on the United States 28 May 1957 with their sons George and Michael.
    • Ski enthusiast: The first Greek to represent Greece in the Winter Olympics. Dimitri Negroponte, Sun Valley, placed 23d at 4:01.6 in the men's championships in the ski nationals, "Ski Record Broken on Sun Valley Run, New York Times, 23 Mar 1940, p 22); finished 21st in the Men's Slalom and 19th in the Men's Combined ("Summaries of U.S. Ski Events," New York Times, 24 Mar 1940, p 64); won the guests' race with a time of 2m.2s (winning time was 1m. 48.4s). "The course was exceedinly (sic) fast." Ethel Severson, "Skiers Arrive at Sun Valley," Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar 1941, p A11).
    • D.J. Negroponte was among New York's Greek ship owners who signed an agreement with Senator Joseph McCarthy's subcommittee not to transport goods from communist countries (C.P. Trussell, "Defense Aide Backs M'Carthy, in Part, on Shipping Accord," (New York Times, 1 Apr 1953, p 1).
    • Philanthropy: He was on the board of Friends of Greece, Inc., 37 E 47th St, New York ("Mural by Reynolds at House of Hellas," New York Times, 22 Nov 1944 p 24); with his wife: Assisted in the preparations for a Friends of Greece dinner Dance (New York Times, 14 Dec 1940, p 18); attended a dinner dance to benefit the Navy Relief Society ("Supper Club Fete Aids Navy Relief" New York Times, 23 Oct 1941, p 20); co-hosts at a Greek fund-raiser ("Friends of Greece Give Dinner Dance Here to Buy Food and Medicine for That Country," New York Times, 5 Feb 1943 p 15); among hosts of a dinner dance given by Friends of Greece, Inc. to raise money for the Pendelis Preventorium for tubercular children, Athens, "Friends of Greece Give Dinner Dance," New York Times, 3 May 1949, p 32); attended a dinner and benefit for the Boys Club of New York (New York Times, 15 Oct 1949 p 12); invited guests to a fund-raising dinner party hosted by the James Stewarts for the Boys Club ("'Fete des Roses' Helps Boys Club," New York Times, 20 Oct 1950 p 31); became "patrons for the private preview showing of paintings from the collection of Stavros Niarchos, noted ship owner" (New York Times, 17 Nov 1957 p 99); among those who gave dinner parties to aid the scholarship fund of the Town School Parents Association, ("Fetes to Precede Art Show Sunday," New York Times, 4 Dec 1957, p 48).
    • According to son George: "My father had a very conflicted relationship with the USA. My mother and father came to New York at the "request" of my Coumantaros grandfather Nicholas. The story goes that he wanted one of his children out of Europe as the war broke out. My father worked for Stavros Niarchos at first. In the early 1940s. Then for Didi Stathatos. Then eventually for himself both here and in London. He always did fairly well in his business but it wasn't easy. We were all sent to the very established schools (Choate, Exeter, Yale and MIT). Our "Americanization" was really accomplished more by these schools than our parents."
    • 1940 US federal census, 995 5th Avenue, New York, New York: Dimitri Negroponte, 25, b. Switzerland, renter, $250/month, living London 1935, alien; wife Catherine, 23, b. New York, living Athens, Greece 1935.
    Person ID I2492  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2018 

    Father John (Dimitrios) Negroponte,   b. 18 May 1878, Taganrog, Rostov Oblast, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1934, Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Eleni (Denis) Stathatos,   b. 06 May 1889, Braila, Romania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1932, Interlaken, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 04 Jun 1908  Athens, Attica, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Abt 1920 
    Family ID F242  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Aikaterini (Nicolas) Koumandaros,   b. 05 Aug 1916, New York, New York USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 2000, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 30 Sep 1938  Paris, Īle-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Their honeymoon took them to Paris, California, New York and Washington, DC., where they visited with his sister and her husband, an attache to the French Embassy. "Negropontes Stop Here on Return Trip to England" (Washington Post 15 Nov 1938 p X18 p 35).
    Children 
     1. John Dimitri (Dimitrios) Negroponte
    +2. Nicolas Peter (Dimitrios) Negroponte
    +3. Michel Christopher (Dimitrios) Negroponte
    +4. George Alexander (Dimitrios) Negroponte
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F1065  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Mar 1915 - Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Sep 1938 - Paris, Īle-de-France, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jun 1996 - London, England UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Dimitris Negropontes
    Dimitris Negropontes

    From the website: Greek and linked European Families

    Documents
    Dimitri John Negroponte naturalization card
    Dimitri John Negroponte naturalization card

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Argenti 1955, Philip P. Argenti, (London Oxford University Press).
      Included in Philip Argenti's Negroponte family tree, number 312.

    2. [S17] Sturdza, Dictionnaire Historique Genealogique ... Grece, Sturdza, Mihail-Dimitri, (self, Paris, 1983), 364.

    3. [S118] 1940 US Federal Census.


  

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