National Affairs: Personal Loss

At the White House before breakfast one morning last week a telephone call was put through to Mrs. Roosevelt. "My heart sank," said she in her syndicated diary, "for I knew that only something serious would make my rather careful husband telephone from that distance." A few moments later she heard Franklin Roosevelt, speaking from Buenos Aires, break the news that his personal bodyguard, Gus Gennerich, had dropped dead of heart disease.

Official Washington first became aware of Gus Gennerich one night in the tense days before the 1933 inauguration when Messrs. Garner, Rainey,...

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