David Chavchavadze in 2012
May 20, 1924|
London, England, UK
|Died||October 5, 2014
Washington DC, USA
|Occupation||Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer
Chavchavadze was born in London to Prince Paul Chavchavadze (1899–1971) and Princess Nina Georgievna of Russia (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 Stronger Than Power: A Collection of Stories by Sandji B. Balykov. Additionally, he lectured part-time at Georgetown 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.
- Chavchavadze, Georgian surname
- Vladimir F. Wertsman, Georgian Americans. Multicultural America. Every Culture.
- Profile, namebase.org; accessed March 18, 2015.
- Profile, Genealogics.org;m accessed March 18, 2015.
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