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Davie, May – (1891 – 1975)
American civic leader
Eugenie Mary Ladenburg was born in New York, the daughter of Adolph Stevens Ladenburg, a prominent banker, and was cousin to the noted historian, Samuel Eliot Morison. May Ladenburg studied at the Westover School and was married the noted lawyer, Preston Davie. Davie worked actively in the cause of the Republican Party, and was elected as delegate to the Republican National Convention (1936), and headed the group who supported Alf Landon for the presidency in seventeen states. During this campaign she wrote the ‘Our American Way of Life’ column for the New York Herald Tribune newspaper. She later supported Robert Taft in his bids to gain the Republicn presidential nomination, and was assistant treasurer (1952). She served as a delegate to the convention which nominated Richard M. Nixon in his first attempt to become president (1960). She was widowed in 1967. May Davie died in New York (Sept 19, 1975), aged eighty-four.

It wasn’t my heart that he broke.

 Even when we disguise their identities, we risk betraying them.

Daan, Petronella van see Pels, Auguste van

Dryadia, Julia – (c309 – c370 AD)
Gallo-Roman patrician
Julia Dryadia was the daughter of Julius Ausonius from Aquitaine in Gaul, praetorian prefect of Illyria (377 AD), and his wife Aemilia Aeonia. She was sister to the famous poet Decimus Magnus Ausonius (c310 – c394 AD) and became the wife of a senator, Pomponius Maximus of Bordeaux. Widowed when young, Dryadia never remarried and died aged sixty. Her son, Pomponius Maximus Herculanus was a pupil of Ausonius and later became a grammaticus at his uncle’s school in Bordeaux, but died young. Her daughter Megentira became the wife of Paulinus, governor of Tarraconensis, and left descendants.

Quantum Electro-dynamics : A. A. Sukovlov

Druziakina, Sophia Ivanovna – (1880 – 1953)
Russian soprano
Druziakina was born in Kiev, and received her vocal training from Anna Santagano-Gorchakova. She was appointed solist with the Zimin Opera (1910 – 1917). Druziakina appeared with the Russian Seasons in Paris (1910), and was later appointed as asolist with the Theatre of the Moscow Soviet of Workers’ Deputies (1917 – 1924). Appointed a professor at the Moscow Conservatory (1930), Druziakina retired fifteen years later (1945). Sophia Druziakina died in Moscow, aged seventy-three (Oct 30, 1953).

D’Albret, Jeanne see Jeanne III

Drusilla of Mauretania (2) – (fl. c25 – c68 AD)
African-Roman queen
Princess Drusilla was the daughter of Ptolemy, King of Mauretania (25 – 40 AD), and his queen, Julia Urania. Her eponymous aunt was the first wife of the Roman procurator, Marcus Antonius Felix. Her father was assasinated by order of the Emperor Caligula (40 AD), and Drusilla had probably been raised and educated at the Imperial court in Rome, possibly under the guidance of Antonia, the mother of Claudius I. She was married firstly to Antonius Felix, the widower of her aunt (c42 AD), the union dictated by the dynastic policy of the emperor Claudius I.
Felix later divorced this Drusilla (54 AD) in order to marry a third Drusilla (Julia Drusilla), the daughter of Herod Agrippa I, king of Judaea. Drusilla then became the wife of Sohaemus, King of Emesa in Syria, who succeeded his childless brother Azizus as king (55 AD). Their son Gaius Julius Alexius succeeded his father as king of Emesa (c74 AD), and through him Drusilla was ancestress to Augusta Julia Domna, second wife of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus, and further ancestress to four Roman emperors, Geta (211 – 212 AD), Caracalla (211 – 217 AD), Elahgabalus (218 – 222 AD), and Alexander Severus (222 – 235 AD). Her daughter Iotape married in the Commagenian royal house, which made Drusilla the ancestress of the famous Queen Zenobia of Palmyra, prominent during the late third century AD.

Dallas, Isabella see Glyn, Isabella Dallas

Drusilla of Mauretania (1) – (c5 BC – c40 AD)
African-Roman princess
Princess Drusilla was the daughter of Juba II, King of Mauretania, and his wife Cleoptra Selene, the daughter of the Roman triumvir Mark Antony and Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt. At the time of her marriage (c10 AD) with Marcus Antonius Felix (c5 BC – 62 AD), a freedman in the household of Antonia, whose brother Pallas, would later serve as the chief influential adviser to Antonia’s son, the emperor Claudius I. This Drusilla was the first of the three wives of Felix who bore this name. Her husband was not appointed as procurator of Judaea until after her death. His second wife was her niece, the daughter of King Ptolemy of Mauretania (25 – 40 AD).

Dame aux Camelias, La see Plessis, Alphonsine

Drusilla, Julia (2) – (39 – 41 AD)
Roman Imperial princess
Julia Drusilla was the only child of the Emperor Gaius Caligula and his fourth wife, Milonia Caesonia, the stepdaughter of Titidius Labeo. Her birth was the occasion of the public announcement of her parents’ marriage. The historian Suetonius recorded that Caligula paraded the child before all the temples in the city, before entrusting her destiny to the goddess Minerva. It is said that the child’s vicious and untable temperament was the reason he was convinced of his paternity. When Caligula was assassinated (Jan 24, 41 AD), Drusilla and her mother were killed by a centurion, Julius Lupus, who dashed the child’s brains out against a wall.