Historical Biography Close to Home

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To the Editor:

Thank you for publishing Stavros Stavridis’ historical commentary “Eleftherios Venizelos & William M. Hughes: 2 Giants in Small Nations” (April 21).

I was more than interested because the article connects to my family.

The lawyer who escorted Eleftherios Venizelos to the Lausanne Conference was Michael Theotokas, my mother’s uncle. My mother’s name was Kiriaki Theotokas Leodas.

Michael Theotokas’ son was George Theotokas, a famous author and journalist who also served as director of the National Greek Theater (he died in the 1960s). In 1975, Portland State University in Oregon chose George Theotokas to represent Greece in their Twayne’s World Authors Series- A Survey of the World’s Literature. The book was in English and authored by Thomas Doulis.

Thus, I was able to read about my cousin’s writings and some new biography. Again, thank you, Prof. Stavridis.

Gus Leodas

Melville, NY

2 Comments

  1. Dear Mr. Leonda,

    You may not know it, but your relative, George Theotokas’ sister is still alive at 106 in Athens and apparently going strong for her age
    You may find out from your relatives there how to visit her in Athens.

    B Athanassiou
    Setauket, NY

  2. Dear Mr. Leodas,

    I am glad to hear that my article on Eleftherios Venizelos and WM Hughes connected you to your family. Both were controversial figures in their respective countries.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Prof. Tom Doulis on several occasions when I lived in Portland, OR in 2008-09. Do you have any information in the way of documents, letters on Michael Theotokas? If so, I would like to do some research on him to add another piece to the Asia Minor puzzle.

    Sincerely,
    ST Stavridis
    currently in Melbourne, Australia

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