Any comments would be appreciated here.
tomorrow morning, nov 2, requiem for maria, my mother, at 8 am at st paul's cathedral, London.
Daphnou, why didn't you tell us in time for us to attend this?
We are very sorry to hear of Maria's passing away -- she was brave and tireless and we were fortunate to meet her in London in the 1980-1990s and share work wih her to promote Greece.
It is a consoling thought that she was spared a good part of the recent vandalisation of her beloved country by Greeks and non-Greeks.
May she rest in peace -- she will be remembered and missed.
Maria Becket continued working tirelessly promoting her country abroad after the restoration of democracy in Greece. Gentle, witty and hospitable, Maria epitomised the pride and dynamism seen in the Hellenic Diaspora. Maria will be remembered as a woman associated with contemporary Greece through her passion and numerous socio-cultural initiatives and activities for her country. Maria will be greatly missed by us.
Nicandros Bouras, London
one of the most interesting & dedicated people on the planet, a rare beauty.
Maria is truely a modern Greek hero. She fought tirelessly for those less fortunate than herself and for the environment. Her legacy will last a long, long time. I first met her in Istanbul as the planning of the Mississippi River RSE symposium got started and was immediately impressed by her foresight and drive.
Thanks to the RSE symposiums environmental awareness got a huge shove in many parts of the world and in some states new legislation resulted. The Green Patriarch and the Greek Orthodox Church owe a big thanks to Maria.
She will be missed.
Que ton sommeil éternel soit paisible et reposant, chère Maria. Personne ne pourra plus s'opposer à tes rêves et à tes combats!
My condolences to the Becket family, It is sad to hear the passing of Maria.... After reading all about her, I wish that I had met her, it is rare to find people like her in our generation.
She is special, God will take good care of her,
So many highlights of my childhood have Maria at their center -- the stories she would tell about Aphrodite and Achilles on Pelion boat rides; the fights she would have with my father over the bill at those Flisvos dinners for 30; the amazing New Years Eve parties in London and the suitcases full of Muesli. She was never less than wonderful to my brother and myself, safe and welcoming and always so interested and curious. She always seemed to me to be an ideal of what a grown up could be like.
I have an image of her frowning over dinner with my parents in the late 70s or early 80s solving the problems of our world. There was a feeling that if Maria was on to it, everything would turn out as it should. I was very young then and could not take much of it in, but the feeling lingers on.
I recently found out about Ms Becket's passing away. I had the chance to meet her in recent years and to work with her an her team for the RSE symposia. I had little idea of what an important role she played for the history of my country, but I admired her for her work and ideals. Her vision and example still are relevant to me and my work. I will always remember her fondly.
May she rest in peace.
From Amy: I will always be grateful to Maria for introducing me in my younger years To a diverse and interesting group of sophisticated and worldly intellects- artists, journalists, politicians, diplomats, environmentalists, authors.....This early exposure to the larger world she brought around her in her rich and purposeful life moved me to pursue a career in diplomacy and international affairs. I shall always remember her sharp and incisive mind, her deep compassion for those whose voice she became, her delightful laughter and her love for her dutiful daughters.
On this sad but celebratory day we remember a very special woman. I celebrate summers in Patmos, at long and stimulating breakfasts over greek yogurt and honey, where Maria used her Socratic skills to cause a deep inquiry in my younger mind wven in the midst of my spirited defense of my views, over light hearted and sun filled lunches at beach Tavernas- (where she always beat me at backgammon), and at the celebrations of Greek cuisine in the evenings, whether at home in the evenings at one of her numerous perches in Patmos' Hora, just outside the imposing walls of the citadel dedicated to St. John the divine. Maria opened my eyes to seeing the world from other viewpoints, teaching me that crossing cultures was a great life adventure. I shall always, always remember her in this way- a great teacher, whose humility cloaked an indefatigable spirit for justice and truth.
Belle personnalité, grande dame ! Quand des êtres si merveilleux ne sont plus il ne reste que des regrets...Reposez en paix