Photo taken in:LondonYear when photo was taken:1975Country name at time of photo:United KingdomCountry name today:United Kingdom
We were in London, here in this picture, in 1975, at a conference. From left to right: me, Gavril Marcuson, my wife, Cornelia Paunescu, and my friend, Mircea Stroe, councilor at the Romanian Embassy in London. My name is Gavril Marcuson [the initial name, Marcussohn, was shortened to Marcuson in 1968]. I was born in Bucharest, on 28th October 1913. I graduated from the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy in Bucharest in 1935. I was a researcher at the Communist Party History Institute. I had some books and articles published. I retired while I was working for the Scientific and Encyclopedic Publishing House, in 1973. One of my friends from college was Mircea Stoe, who is dead now. He first became an attaché, then a legation secretary in London. When King Michael abdicated, he resigned. He settled in Sutton, a little town near London. When my wife had a convention in Paris, I went with her, crossed the Channel to England, and stayed at my friend's until the convention was over. Mircea died of lung cancer, because of the tobacco. His wife still lives and we write to each other. My wife, Cornelia Paunescu, was a scientist and she lectured at over thirty international conventions. She was the only Romanian docent with a PhD in pediatric otolaryngology - that was her specialty. As a physician, she attended the Korean War [Ed. note: 25th June 1950-27th July 1953] against the Americans and was the personal physician of Kim Il Sung [Ed. note: (1912-1994), president of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from 1948]. We went many places [together]: England, East Germany, Italy, Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Turkey. We both retired in the same day, in 1973. My wife died in 2000.