Dumitru Comanescu
Dumitru Comanescu
Comanescu at the age of 111
Birth: 8 November 1908
Draganeasa, Prahova, Romania
Death: 27 June 2020
Bucharest, Romania
Age: 111 years, 232 days
Country: RomaniaROU

Dumitru Comanescu [Romanian: Comănescu] (8 November 1908 O.S./21 November 1908 N.S. – 27 June 2020) was a Romanian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Comanescu was allegedly born on 8 November 1908 (now November 21 since the adoption of the Gregorian calendar) in Provita de Jos in Draganeasa, Prahova County, Romania. Reportedly, he has a memory of the 1918 Great Union. At university, he studied mathematics and agronomy and graduated in 1933. Comanescu was an agronomist engineer and one of the most valuable phytopathologists, being the disciple of the founder of the Institute of Agronomic Research, Gheorghe Ionescu Sisesti. Initially, he enrolled in the Faculty of Mathematics, having as a teacher one of the greatest mathematicians, Gheorghe Titaica. He would then find his vocation in the world of plant research. Comanescu worked for over 70 years until 2003. When he was 86, a competition for agricultural experts was organized in Bucharest. He took part in it and, out of dozens of candidates, he took 5th place in the country.

After college, Comanescu moved to Targoviste, where he met his wife, who was a pediatrician and a primary cousin of nuclear physicist Horia Hulubei. They got a son and a daughter. After the death of his wife in 1990, Comanescu moved to his daughter and son-in-law in Bucharest. At the age of 108, he had a hip fracture but no hospital was able to operate on him. Eventually, he went to the Foisor Hospital where he was considered 'a local attraction' for both doctors and patients.

Comanescu may be the oldest man ever to have lived in Romania. He became a candidate for the World's Oldest Man title the death of 112-year-old Bob Weighton on 28 May 2020. He died in Bucharest, Romania on 27 June 2020 at the age of 111 years, 232/219 days. Three days before his death, he was awarded the Patriarchal Cross, the highest ecclesiastical decoration of the Romanian Orthodox Church.



Europe’s Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Geert Adriaans Boomgaard • Unknown • Matthias DodenhoffFrederick StabbinsWilliam MugfurSven ErikssonJean-Pierre DupontWilliam WalkerBening ArnoldHans Schaftner-BurginLars OlofssonMarc PicqJohan SvanstromErik JanssonFrancesco CubaddaThomas PopeJohn FrancklowKarl Nilsson • Unknown • Antonio MarchiAugust KarlssonKarl GlocknerAnders JonassonMathias Hansen SaetherJan KipWillem Kostering • Unknown • Francesco PabaJohn Mosley Turner • Unknown • Friedrich Wedeking • Frederick ButterfieldJean Teillet • Pasquale CappelloGiuseppe Arena • Luigi SabaIngebrigt Johansen • Victor GuillotAndrei Kuznetsoff • Herman Smith-JohannsenJohn Evans • Henri PerignonDomenico Minervino • Josep Armengol-JoverPablo Roy • Emile FourcadeBernard Delhom • Valentino StellaGregorio Merino • Antonio BaldoAntonio Urrea-Hernandez • Alejandro Rivera SantallaAntonio Todde • Joan Riudavets-MollHermann Dornemann • Jerzy Pajaczkowski-DydynskiMaurice Floquet • Henry AllinghamHarry Patch • Stanley LucasJan Goossenaerts • Francisco FernandezArturo Licata • Rezso GallaiPhilippe Vocanson • Harold BracherFrancisco Nunez Olivera • Gustav GernethBob Weighton • Dumitru ComanescuSaturnino de la Fuente Garcia

Romania's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Margit Szemenyei • Elena SiriteanuSofia Vrabie • Dumitru ComanescuIoan Lascau

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