Ionides, Stephen Archigenes (Constantine)
Born in London on 7th June 1880, the third son of Constantine Alexander Ionides and his wife Agathonette, nee Feuerle (Fenerli), Stephen came to Winchester in 1893, going to Chernocke House under the Reverend H J Wickham. His two elder brothers, Theodore and Luke, were also in the school. He was in his House cricket team in 1897 and 1898, a member of Debating Society and won a Governing Body prize in 1894.
He left in 1898 to go to Balliol College, Oxford, gaining a First in Natural Sciences. After university he attended the Cambourne School of Mines in Cornwall and then joined the engineering firm of Wallis & Steevens in Basingstoke.
He married Louise Silliman in America on 31st August 1907, the couple having one daughter Margaret with whom he published several books on astronomy.
Around the time of his marriage it appears he was living in Denver, Colorado. He joined the Canadian Army during the First World War.
He worked throughout the world, presumably on mining and engineering projects and worked with Herbert Hoover, a mining engineer who went on to become the 31st President of the United States.
He died suddenly of pneumonia whilst visiting his daughter in Charlottesville, Virginia, on 27th January 1943, possibly whilst engaged in “clandestine work for the US Government”.
The Ionides family were major patrons of the arts in the latter half of the 19th century, and in 1900 Stephen’s father bequeathed his collection of over 1,500 paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints to the Victoria and Albert Museum, where it can be seen today.
(The assistance of http://www.christopherlong.co.uk is acknowledged with this biography)
- Surname: Ionides
- Forenames or initials: Stephen Archigenes (Constantine)
- House: I
- Years in School: 1893-1898
- Rank: NA
- Regiment: Civilian
- Date of Birth: 7th June 1911
- Date of Death: 27th January 1943
- How Died: Died of Illness
- Location in War Cloister: Not recorded
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: Not recorded