Tamara Krutikov

  • Full name: Tamara Vladimirovna Krutikov (née Kruglov) (Serbian: Тамара Крутиков]
  • Lifespan: (27.03.1912 – 06.07.2022)
  • Age: 110 years, 101 days
  • Birthplace: Yekaterinoslav, Russian Empire (present-day Dnipro, Dnipro Oblast, Ukraine)
  • Last residence: Belgrade, Serbia
  • Application date: 09.06.2023
  • Validation date: 12.02.2023
  • Validation source: Dejan Vujić/Boris Vlchek/Igor Bashyrov

Biography

Tamara Krutikov was born in Yekaterinoslav, Russian Empire (now Dnipro, Ukraine), on March 27, 1912, as the sole child in her family. At the age of seven, she departed Ukraine with her parents, initially relocating to Turkey in 1919 and later to Yugoslavia in 1923, where she eventually married and established a family. Tamara’s educational journey took her from Constantinople to Kinaliada, sponsored by the English, and then to the village of Melinci near Herceg Novi, Montenegro. After a brief period in Herceg Novi, the family settled in Hrastovec, Slovenia, where Tamara spent the majority of her high school years at Count Gerbenstein’s castle. It was there that she met her future husband, Nikola, who was a music teacher at the castle. Her family had roles at the school, with her mother Ana working as a teacher and her father Vladimir Kruglov as a school secretary and math teacher.

In the early 1930s, Tamara moved to Bela Crkva to complete her high school education. She married Nikola in 1939, and the couple had three daughters: Natalia (1941), Irina (1946), and Zinaida (1950). Following their wedding, they relocated to Kavadarci, North Macedonia, where Nikola secured a job as a music teacher, and Tamara taught ballet. Subsequently, they moved to Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, before Tamara briefly relocated to Zagreb, Croatia, during World War II, with the assistance of the Horvatovic family, to give birth to her daughter Natalija in 1941. Afterward, she returned to Bihac, where her youngest daughter, Zinaida, was born in 1950.

Tamara’s husband, Nikola, passed away in Belgrade on December 14, 1981, at the age of 81. Until the age of 94, she lived independently, after which her daughter Zinaida returned from Russia to care for her. Throughout her career, Tamara excelled as a professor of music and French, played the piano, and engaged in tennis. She was multilingual, proficient in Russian, French, Greek, Turkish, Macedonian, English, and Serbian.

Following the death of 109-year-old Nadezda Pavlovic on April 16, 2021, Tamara became the oldest known living person in Serbia. In March 2022, she celebrated her 110th birthday, becoming a supercentenarian and the second-oldest documented person to have lived in Serbia, after Jelisaveta Veljkovic.

Tamara Krutikov passed away in New Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, on July 6, 2022, at the age of 110 years and 101 days. Following her demise, 107-year-old Milka Baukovic became the oldest known living person in Belgrade and Serbia.

Longevity Recognition

  • Doyenne of Serbia (16.04.2021 – 06.07.2022)

Validation

The case of Tamara Krutikov was meticulously examined and verified by Mr. Dejan Vujić (GRG Correspondent for Serbia), Boris Vlchek, and Igor Bashyrov, and validated by the GRG as of February 12, 2023.

Tamara Krutikov as a middle-aged woman with her family.

Tamara Krutikov on her 110th birthday.

Tamara Krutikov as a young woman in the 1920s and 1930s.

23 July 1939; Tamara Krutikov on her wedding day together with her husband Nikola Krutikov (1900-1981).

2012; Tamara Krutikov celebrating her 100th birthday in Belgrade, Serbia.

2016/2018; Tamara Krutikov celebrating her 104th (left) and 106th birthday (right).

2021; Tamara Krutikov celebrating her 109th birthday together with her daughters: Irina and Zinaida.

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