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Curtis B. Dall ’20

Published in June 3, 1992, issue

CURTIS B. DALL, a retired stockbroker and a former son-inlaw of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who later became chairman of the Liberty Lobby, died June 28, 1991, at the Hospice of Northern Virginia in Arlington, He was 95 years old and lived in Alexandria.

Curt graduated from Princeton in 1920, after serving as a Navy aviator in WWI.

In 1926 he married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, two years before her father was elected governor of New York. The couple divorced in 1934, but Curt remained socially and politically prominent. But he was not an admirer of President Roosevelt's politics; in the late 1960s he wrote a book, F.D.R.: MY EXPLOITED FATHERIN-LAW, detailing his low opinion of the New Deal, the Yalta agreement, and participation by the U.S. in U.N. programs after WWII, in which Curt served as an Air Force colonel.

in the late 1930s he helped organize what later became the Tennessee Gas and Transmission Co. of Houston, one of the largest corporations in the country.

He became active in politics in the 1940s and in 1948 campaigned for Strom Thurmond, the presidential nominee of the conservative States' Rights Party. He was a leader in the Liberty Lobby, which was dedicated to the eradication of communism and which supported rightwing causes in the U.S. and abroad. He retired as chairman in 1982.

Curt is survived by his second wife, the former Katharine Miller Leas, whom he married in 1938; a son and a daughter from his first marriage, Eleanor Seagraves and Curtis Roosevelt Dall; two daughters and two sons from his second marriage, Katharine Bolton, Mary Dunham, Stephen, and James; ten grandchildren; and one greatgrandson. To his entire family we offer our deepest and most sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1920

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