Who we are
The Cantacuzino family is one of the oldest noble families of Romania and Balcan area, first proof of their existence being from the XI th century AD.
Mircea Cantacuzino, one of the four children of Ion. G. Cantacuzino (also named “ The Engineer”), attends the engineering classes of the Charlottenburg Technical College, in Germany, and Ioana, the eldest of the four children, attends school in Calimanesti and then the University in France.
The two siblings set grounds of the aviation school, with the help of Octavian Oculeanu, being also supported by the family and friends. Mircea used his domain in Cornu, Draganesti city, Prahova county, to establish a hangar for the aviation school, a meeting point for its students, besides the one in Baneasa.
Mircea Cantacuzino Aviation School was the first civilian flying school in Romania
(1928-1939). Its activity began on May 26th 1928, once the first Klemm light aircraft was acquired. This is the place where, up until 1939, most of the Romanian aviation elite had been trained. Many of the school’s students became famous by setting national and international records, others by simply dedicating their lives in what could be seen as furthering the name and reputation of their country’s history in aviation.
Dan “Zinel” Cantacuzino, born in 1924 in Bucharest, son of aviator Mircea Cantacuzino and Stefana (born Golescu) spent his early childhood growing up between his father’s estate in Cornu de Jos, Prahova County and his mother’s family estate in Golesti, Arges County.
During 1931 – 1935 he attends primary school in Bucharest and between 1935 – 1939 The Dealul Monastery Military High School in Targoviste. For one year, from 1939 – 1940, he stays at home because of illness, after which, he attends high school in Bucharest, until 1944.
In 1954 he graduates the Faculty of Medicine and manages to obtain a job at the RPR Academy, Institute of Normal and Pathological Physiology. The references by doctors of the Academy (Dr. Prof D. Danielopolu, Prof. Dr. Brukner, Dr. Benetato), stated that, “Dan Cantacuzino results prove him to be professionally well trained, having such excellent results also in his duties, he is seen as a doctor with a great future”.
In 1962 he left Romania with his mother, Stefana, for France, later going on to the U.S. with the help of his mother’s sister who was already residing there. With dedication he set about improving his English by reading the editorials of the New York Times and then listening to the very same articles being read on the local radio station QXR. He worked as an intern until he obtained the equivalent American diplomas, having passed all his examinations. Once he had completed his professional studies, he then worked at NYU, Bellevue Hospital, Kingsbrook Medical centre. It was at the Kingsbrook medical centre that he established the dialysis unit, (of which he was chief), built the Coronary Care Unit,( which he ran), and then became the chief of the Intensive Care Unit.
During this period in America, in 1969 he married Barbara Nordhoff a German national, who was working in public relations for Volkswagen of America.
In Romania he published a total of 11 papers under his own name or in collaboration with specialized magazines like RPR.
In the United States Dan Cantacuzino M.D. wrote, and published, along with other doctors, the paper titled “Uremic Pleuritis – A Clinicopathological Entity”, in the New England journal of Medicine July 31, 1969.
He died in America in July 2001, according to his wishes, his ashes were later transferred, by his widow, Barbara, to the Cantacuzino, (Serban Voda branch), crypt at the cemetery Bellu in Bucharest next to his father.
The Mircea and Dan Cantacuzino Romanian Memorial Foundation is established by their followers who, according to their family tradition, wish to support and promote Romanian values and culture, by sponsoring different projects related to the preservation of the Romanian tradition, especially in the aviation and medicine field.
Inspired by tradition, we believe in integrity and we wish to build a community that
preserves and brings back to life Romanian tradition. Our values are true Romanian values: respect for tradition, responsibility for ones actions, love for nature, and appreciation of the organic synthesis between urban generation and thoughtful preservation of the rural legacy. We believe such values still exist and will always merit support.
We want to remind people of their history, the passion of the aviation industry, the
appreciation for the skills and selfless dedication provided by the medical profession.
Through the legacy of Mircea and Dan Cantacuzino we aim to support projects that preserve, revitalize and promote the Romanian culture and values. We hope you will pass it on so that Romanians become custodians of their true history.
This foundation aims to promote nationally and internationally, respect for the positive values, from those times when the sensation of national pride, flew over the countless Romanian achievements.
Our mission is to support and encourage those who initiate or support Romanian cultural projects and remind everyone that there is a legacy that we ought to continue.
What we do now represents our Mission Statement. We want to preserve as
much of the past as possible, while seeing the future as a synthesis between preservation and promotion.