Teymuraz K. Bagration
Born in Russia in 1912, Teymuraz Bagration was descended from the royal dynasty of the Kingdom of Georgia and was a great-great grandson of Czar Nicholas I of Russia. He served in the Royal Yugoslav Army during World War II.
Teymuraz Bagration joined the Tolstoy Foundation in 1949 and became Executive Director in 1979. During his tenure, the Foundation began expanding its refugee program to include non-Russians. Instrumental in several of the Foundation's major refugee resettlement programs in the United States, including the resettlement of Circassians and other Northern Caucasians, Mr. Bagration helped the Tibetan monks who were escaping the communist takeover of Tibet and directed a massive resettlement of Vietnamese and Cambodians as part of the State Department's refugee program. The Foundation's offices expanded during this time to 18 other locations across the United States, in Europe, the Middle East and South America. Mr. Bagration was a long-time board member of CARE and of the American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service. He died in 1992 at the age of 79. At the time, he was serving the Foundation as its President, succeeding Tatiana Schaufuss.