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Dr. Alexander Demetrios KalovidourisDR. ALEXANDER D. KALOVIDOURIS (Ottoman Empire, Constantinople 1905-1995 / act: Athens)

Dr. Alexander Demetrios Kalovidouris was born in Constantinople in 1905 and came with his family to Athens in 1922. He enrolled at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, and was awarded a Degree in Law in 1926. While at the University, he was a member of the Students Union, along with his boyhood friend George Theotokas. In 1927 Kalovidouris joined the Theotokas law firm and from 1929 provided legal counsel to Pierce-Deree Colleges, divisions of The American College of Greece, for more than 50 years. He had also seved as honorary legal counsel to the British Enbassy in Athens for a long time, and in 1969 was given a Grant of the Dignity of an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire in honor of his long years of service. He was mobilized in the Second World War, saw action in Albania, and survived the long winter withdrawal to Athens on foot in 1941. He retired from the practice of law, after more than sixty years, in 1988.

With faith in the care of artworks demonstrated by The American College of Greece, Dr. Kalovidouris kindly donated to the ACG Art collection a fine selection of artworks that throw light on the history of ancient Greek pottery. This donation includes 78 archaeological items, 36 bibliophile items, 18 pieces of furniture, 10 icons, and 1 painting. Dr. Kalovidouris' gift to The American College of Greece is acknowledged as a magnanimous benefaction. Mr. Matthew Jennett wrote gracefully: "Beyond his gift to the College, which will survive for years to come, Dr. Kalovidouris has presented us with something much more fragile: a thoughtful, intelligent profile of his life and times."

[Megakles Rogakos 09/2010]

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