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Philanthropist and painter Niki Goulandris passes away at 94

Niki Goulandris, Greek philanthropist and accomplished botanical painter passed away at the age of 94 on Saturday. She had dedicated her life to science and environment protection. She was vice-president of the Goulandris Natural History Museum and Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art.

She had served Greece as deputy minister for Social Services (1974–75), former Secretary of State for health in Greece (1974), honorary deputy president of Hellenic Radio and Television (1975–80).

She was member of the World Commission on Culture and Development of UNESCO.

Niki Goulandris was winner of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Global 500 Award in 1990.

In 1991, she was named Woman of Europe by the European Commission, European Parliament, and European Movement.

Born Niki Kephalia, she married Angelos Goulandris, of the wealthy ship-owning Goulandris family, with whom she established the Goulandris Natural History Museum in 1965.

After graduating from the German School of Athens, Niki Goulandris studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Athens and continued with post-graduate studies in Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt under the philosophers Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer.

Goulandris has helped illustrate several botanical books, such as Wild Flowers of Greece by C. Goulimis and W.T. Stearn, and Peonies of Greece by Stearn and P.H. Davies.

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