1999 - George Constantinidi

Master 1999 - George X Constantinidi, MA (Oxon) was born in London 1928.  His father, Spiro Constantinidi, a member of the Greek Diplomatic Corps served as Greek Minister (now Ambassador) in Japan, attended the Peace Conference at Versailles after the Great War as Greek representative.  In 1927 Spiro married Ariadne Rodocanachi whose family had settled in England in the early 1800s having fled from the island of Chios following the 1822 massacre.  Her grandfather, Emmanuel Rodocanachi, was a member of the Fishmongers' Company and a banker in the City.

George (who has a twin brother) was born and brought up in England .  He was educated at Eton where he played in the soccer first eleven and was second keeper (Vice Captain) of the Eton football game known as the Field Game.  His National Service was in the Royal Horse Artillery serving at Osnabruck in Germany and the demonstration regiment at Larkhill.  After leaving the Army he read law at Christ Church, Oxford, served his Articles in London and qualified as a Solicitor in 1952 - the same year he married Sheila Whittington, whose family were Mercers and had long been associated with the City.

George joined Royds Rawstone in 1955 and ultimately became Senior Partner, retiring in 1990. Since then he has been Churchwarden of St Mary's Henley, Captain of Huntercombe Golf Club and Chairman of Henley YMCA.  He was also a Parish Councillor of his local Parish- Remenham.

A keep sportsman, he is a member of the MCC.  He plays golf at most Livery meetings and in the GSWD team which came second in the Prince Arthur of Connaught Cup in 1988.  For over 30 years George and his family owned a 70ft narrow boat, which they kept at the end of their garden and travelled many miles on Britain's canals.

George and Sheila have two sons, one daughter and eleven grandchildren of whom they are justly proud.