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Princess Tatiana Galitzine

Princess Tatiana Galitzine

Female 1909 - 1993  (83 years)

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  • Name Tatiana Galitzine 
    Title Princess 
    Born 25 Sep 1909  Sverka, Sverdlovsk, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Aug 1993  Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I22821  Whitton
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2018 

    Father Lev Galitzine,   b. 1877, Severka, Sverdlovsk, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1920, Irkutck, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Helena Gagarine,   b. 1883,   d. 1928  (Age 45 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F9030  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edward Stauffer King,   b. 27 Jan 1900, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1995, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 13 Jun 1932  Philidelphia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F9031  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • atiana Galitzine King, 83, a former Russian princess, died Aug. 22 of heart failure at College Manor in Lutherville, where she moved this year from her home at Elkridge Estates.

      She was born at her family's estate at Saratov, Russia, near the Volga River, the daughter of Prince Leon Galitzine and Princess Elena Gagarine.
      Mrs. King wrote of her family's struggle to escape the Bolsheviks a memoir, "The Russian Revolution, Childhood Recollections," that Princeton University Press published in 1972.

      Her father, the governor-general of the province of Samara, which became Kuibyshev during the Soviet period, was forced to move his family to Siberia to escape the Bolsheviks during the 1917 revolution. In Siberia, he was chief of the Red Cross of the White Army and was confused with a military commander of the same name, and was arrested and imprisoned in Irkutsk. He died there of typhus in 1921.

      The Soviets permitted the family to leave the country, and they immigrated to Arco, Italy, in 1922.

      Mrs. King was educated in convent schools in Italy and France, and came to the United States in 1929 under the sponsorship of Professor and Mrs. R. W. Lee of Princeton, N.J.

      In 1932, she and Edward S. King were married. He came to the Walters Art Gallery in 1934 to catalog the nearly 25,000 works of art that had been left to the city after the death of Henry Walters in 1931. He was named the first director of the Walters in 1951 and retired in 1966. The Kings, who lived in Homeland for many years, were divorced in 1961.

      In 1961, Mrs. King was described in an interview in The Sun as being "handsomely svelte, with her hair neatly coiffed which enhances her patrician features."

      "She was an extremely handsome woman," said her son, Henry Alexander Galitzine King of Princeton. "Her younger sister, Helene Galitzine, modeled for the painter Henri Matisse."

      Mrs. King was active in numerous civic activities after moving to Baltimore. She became interested in the Rosewood State Training School, which her father-in-law, Henry S. King, helped found.

      In 1948, she was one of the first Red Cross "gray ladies" to work at Rosewood, and later she served as a member of the school's Women's Auxiliary. Rosewood eventually was renamed the Rosewood Center.

      In 1953, Mrs. King was co-chairwoman of the Women's Division of the Red Cross Fund campaign and was chairwoman of the first Mental Health Drive in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

      Interested in the YMCA, she was active in the organization's fund drive in 1955 and was the driving force behind the building of the YMCA International Center in East Baltimore. A member of the Women's Civic League, she was co-chairwoman of the 1960 Flower Mart.