Curtis Roosevelt

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Curtis Roosevelt
Photograph of Curtis Roosevelt signing a book at the Boston Athenæum in 2010
Roosevelt signing a book at the Boston Athenæum in 2010
Born Curtis Roosevelt Dall
(1930-04-19)April 19, 1930
New York City
Died September 26, 2016(2016-09-26) (aged 86)
Saint-Bonnet-du-Gard, France
Nationality American
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Writer
Children 1
Parent(s)
Relatives
Family Roosevelt family

Curtis Roosevelt (April 19, 1930 – September 26, 2016) was an American writer. He was the son of Anna Roosevelt and her first husband, Curtis Bean Dall. He was the eldest grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Personal life[edit]

Eleanor Roosevelt with her grandchildren; Eleanor Roosevelt Seagraves, John Roosevelt Boettiger, and Curtis Roosevelt, 1943

Roosevelt was born on April 19, 1930 in New York City.[1] When he was three, Curtis, his sister Eleanor, and his mother moved into the White House, where they lived for many years until his mother remarried. Curtis was often referred to as "Buzzie" in 1930s newspapers.[2] After his parents' 1934 divorce, his mother married journalist Clarence John Boettiger in 1935.[3] His younger half-brother, John, was born in 1939.[4] When his mother was divorced from Boettiger in 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt and Anna did not want Curtis to reassume the surname Dall, so Mrs. Roosevelt suggested he use his middle name as his last name.[5]

Roosevelt graduated from Northwestern Military and Naval Academy in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He later attended Loyola University in Los Angeles.[1]

Roosevelt married four times, first on May 23, 1950 to Robin H. Edwards, with whom he had one daughter, Julianna Edwards Roosevelt. Roosevelt and his wife Robin divorced in March 1954. He subsequently married Ruth W. Sublette on March 6, 1955 and Jeanette Schlottman on May 2, 1961.[4] Since 1985, he was married to Marina Roosevelt. He had one grandson, Julianna's son Nicholas Roosevelt.[4]

Career[edit]

In the mid-1950s, Roosevelt served as a private in the United States Army.[1]

Between 1956 and 1964, he worked for several years in advertising and then primarily for nonprofit institutions, including as regional director for the National Citizens Council for Better Schools and then as vice president in charge of public affairs for the New School for Social Research. From 1963 to 1964, he served as executive director of the United States Committee for the United Nations.[1]

In 1964, he was recruited by the Secretariat of the United Nations to join the Public Information Department[1] and in the following years, until 1983, held various positions in the international civil service.[6] Roosevelt obtained his master's degree from the School of Government and Public Law at Columbia University.

From 1983 to 1986, Roosevelt served as principal at the Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England.[7] Since then he has served as a visiting professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, receiving an honorary doctorate in 2010. In 1987, he and his wife Marina moved to Deia, Mallorca, where Roosevelt devoted himself to pottery, some of his work being exhibited in a Palma gallery. He also occasionally wrote on American politics for El Mundo in Spain.

Roosevelt's book Too Close to the Sun: Growing up in the Shadow of my Grandparents Franklin and Eleanor was published in 2008 and led to a series of radio and television appearances by the author. In 2012, the book was translated and published in France.

The Roosevelts lived in a small village in the south of France, where Marina has served on the conseil municipal. He lectured at Lille University and regularly appeared on French television. He also wrote occasionally for Le Figaro, the International Herald Tribune and had articles in La Tribune, France-Amerique, Marianne and the Commune de la Commune. Because of his connection to his famous family, Roosevelt was often consulted by the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York and the National Park Service for comments on library exhibits and historic homes Springwood and Val-Kill.[6]

In 2013, Roosevelt published an essay in e-book form, "Eyewitness in Israel: 1948", detailing his journey, at age 18, to the then new nation at the behest of his grandmother Eleanor, with whom he was traveling in Paris and who sent him in her stead to report back.[8]

Roosevelt died on September 26, 2016, in Saint-Bonnet-du-Gard at the age 86.[9]

Major publications[edit]

  • Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor. Public Affairs. New York, 2008.
  • "Eyewitness in Israel: 1948". self-published e-book, 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "New U.N. Official: Curtis Roosevelt". New York Times. July 25, 1964. 
  2. ^ "A Q&A With Curtis Roosevelt, FDR's Grandson". Washington Post. November 30, 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Krebs, Albin (December 2, 1975). "Anna Roosevelt Halsted, President's Daughter, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Roosevelt Genealogy". Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Curtis Roosevelt." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Literature Resource Center.
  6. ^ a b Roosevelt, Curtis.Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor. Public Affairs. New York, 2008.
  7. ^ "Dartington College of Arts". Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Eyewitness-Israel-1948-Curtis-Roosevelt-ebook/dp/B00DD5YSW0
  9. ^ "Curtis Roosevelt, grandson of a president, dies at 86". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 

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