Curtis (1930 - 2016) was the grandson of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. He spent some of his his young years in the White House.
He was the son of the Roosevelt's only daughter Anna, and her husband Curtis Bean Dahl. Their marriage was short lived.
Anna remarried a man named Boettinger, but this second marriage was also disastrous. When it ended Eleanor Roosevelt suggested that her beloved grandson Curtis should not have to use the last names of his father or his stepfather, but that he should use his middle name of Roosevelt as his last name. This he did.
Despite the divorce our dear Jeanette maintained a "sorta" friendship with Curtis. So it was that I met him a few times when he visited her at their Berkshire County (MA) home. We liked each other.
Our Berkshire County (Western Mass) connection led me me to visit Curtis and his fourth (and utterly charming) wife Marina at their sweet home in Saint Bonnet du Gard, France; half way between Avignon and Nimes, and not far from the famous Roman Pont du Gard.
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