Selwa Roosevelt

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Selwa Roosevelt
Barack Obama meets with former Chief of Protocol Selwa Roosevelt crop.jpg
Selwa Roosevelt meeting Barack Obama at the White House in 2012
Born (1929-01-13) January 13, 1929 (age 85)
Kingsport, Tennessee
Occupation Journalist
Home town Kingsport, Tennessee
Religion Methodist
Spouse(s) Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt, Jr.

Selwa Showker “Lucky” Roosevelt (born January 13, 1929)[1] was Chief of Protocol of the United States for almost seven years from 1982-1989—longer than anyone has ever served in that position.[2]

Early life[edit]

Selwa was born in the city of Kingsport, Tennessee, the daughter of Druze Lebanese immigrants, Salim Shqer and Najla Shqer. She lived there until her marriage in 1950 to Archibald "Archie" B. Roosevelt, Jr., a grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt. They were married for forty years until Archie died of heart failure in 1990.

An honors graduate from Vassar College, Lucky has worked as a journalist for The Washington Evening Star [3] and a free lance writer for numerous magazines, among them Family Circle, McCalls and Town & Country, where she was a contributing editor for seven years.

In 2012, Lucky received a commendation from President Barack Obama for her government service and for helping to "save" Blair House. [4]

Her correspondence from Fleur Cowles is at the University of Texas at Austin.[5]

Works[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ World Whos Who of Women 1990/91, Volume 10. Taylor & Francis. 1990. p. 706. ISBN 0948875100. 
  2. ^ "Council of American Ambassdors". Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Saturday Evening Post July 28, 1956
  4. ^ Roberts, Roxanne and Amy Argetsinger (2012-02-27). "The Reliable Source: Lucky Roosevelt gets presidential commendation". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. "Selwa Roosevelt: A Preliminary Inventory of Her Collection of Fleur Cowles in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 3 May 2013.