Koppen Pavel Egorovich
The love and respect of contemporaries Köppen deserved primarily
for his charitable activities. He
was a member of the Council of Children's Shelters of the Department
of Empress Maria’s institutions, took an active part in the life and
organization of the Petersburg Women's Gymnasium and the Women's
Pedagogical Institute, the Strelnikovo Palace School of
Horticulture, the Pavlovsky Four-Class School, the Blagoveshchensk
Infirmary and many other pedagogical and charitable institutions. During
his stay, the Marble Palace opened its doors to children of various
classes,who could engage in games and gymnastics.
He died in St. Petersburg, six weeks after the death of Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna. “The cancer patient himself and knowing that his days are numbered, Pavel Egorovich Köppen asked to be transferred to the rooms of the Grand Duchess. He sat in the crimson living room next to her bedroom”.
“Pavel Egorovich was funeral in the home church of the Marble Palace. He went to pray in this church all his life. The sons of Konstantin Konstantinovich carefully carried the coffin along the marble stairs of the palace. And then they walked all the way to the grave at the Volkov Cemetery (?). Konstantin Konstantinovich walked ahead, and the August day was with the same summer smells as that long August night when Pavel Egorovich guessed the secret of young Constantine’s ambitious soul: "You want a romance with eternity, not with a woman, but with eternity ...". Pavel Egorovich bequeathed to bury himself without noise, without general honors. He asked that there be no wreaths and flowers. But when the coffin was lowered into the grave, a wreath arrived from the Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich, who in his youth knew Köppen and could not help but give a sign of his grief. This unexpected wreath made many cry ..".
Köppen was buried in the Smolensk Orthodox cemetery. The grave could not be found.
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