Prince David Chavchacadze
David Chavchavadze in 2012
|Born||May 20, 1924|
|Died||October 5, 2014 (aged 90)|
Washington DC, U.S.
|Father||Prince Paul Chavchavadze|
|Mother||Princess Nina Georgievna of Russia|
|Occupation||CIA Officer, author|
Life and Death
Chavchavadze was born in London to Prince Paul Chavchavadze (1899–1971) and Princess Nina Georgievna of Russia (Romanov) (1901–1974), a descendant of a prominent Georgian noble family and the Imperial Russian dynasty. His father, Prince Paul, was a fiction writer and translator of writings from Georgian into English, and an émigré in the United Kingdom, and then the United States.
Chavchavadze entered the United States Army in 1943 and served during World War II as liaison for the U.S. Army Air Force Lend-Lease supply operations to the Soviet Union. After the war, he entered Yale University where he was a member of The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, the second longest running a cappella group in the United States. He spent more than two decades of his career as a CIA officer in the Soviet Union Division.
After his retirement, Chavchavadze specialized in tracing the nobility of Imperial Russia and authored The Grand Dukes (1989). He also published Crowns and Trenchcoats: A Russian Prince in the CIA (1989) based on his CIA experiences, and translated from Russian Stronger Than Power: A Collection of Stories by Sandji B. Balykov, an emigre Kalmyk writer. Additionally, he lectured part-time at Georgetown, The George Washington and George Mason Universities on Russian history and culture.
As a grandchild of a Russian Grand Duke, he was an Associate Member of the Romanov Family Association. Via his mother, Chavchavadze is great-great-grandson (through Grand Duke Mikhail Nicholaevich) and simultaneously great-great-great-grandson (through Queen of Greece, Olga Constantinovna) of Nicholas I.
David Chavchavadze died in his sleep on October 5, 2014, aged 90, after a long illness.
Marriages and children
He married Helen Husted on 13 September 1952 and they were divorced in 1959. They have two daughters and three grandchildren:
- Princess Maria Chavchavadze (28 August 1953) married Alexander Rasic on 27 October 1990 and they were divorced. They have one daughter:
- Yelena Rasic (16 December 1990)
- Princess Alexandra Chavchavadze (24 December 1954) married Puthukuty Krishnan Ramani on 26 November 1988. They have two children:
- Alexander Chavchavadze Ramani-Poduval (18 May 1991)
- Caroline Chavchavadze Ramani-Poduval (6 June 1994)
He remarried Judith Clippinger on 28 December 1959 and they were divorced in 1970. They have two children and three grandchildren
- Princess Catherine Chavchavadze (29 December 1960) married John Alan Redpath on 22 September 1990. They have two daughters:
- Sophia Redpath (4 July 1996)
- Nina Nolan Redpath (13 October 1998)
- Prince Michael Chavchavadze (1 August 1966) married Colleen Quinn in 2011. They have one son:
- Prince David Chavchavadze (2016)
He remarried, again, Euginie de Smitt in 1979. They have one step-son, Paul George Olkhovsky (11 August 1960.)
- Chavchavadze, Georgian surname
- Genealogy, capecodhistory.us; accessed March 18, 2015.
- Chavchavadze, David (1990). Crowns and Trenchcoats. A Russian Prince in the CIA. New York, NY: Atlantic International Publications. p. 315.
- Chavchavadze, David. "The artistic legacy of two grandmothers" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-05-02.