World mourns death of Mrs. Roosevelt
The mighty and the humble were heard in a world-wide chorus of sorrow and tribute following the death of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt.
The former first lady, who was an intimate of the great and near-great, had endeared herself as well to the common man here and abroad, through her oft-demonstrated concern for the downtrodden and underprivileged.
President Kennedy issued a statement saying, “One of the great ladies in the history of this country has passed from the scene. Her loss will be deeply felt by all those who admired her tireless idealism or benefitted from her good works and wise counsel.”
“Her memory and spirit,” the President said, “will long endure among those who labor for great causes around the world.”
Adlai E. Stevenson, United States representative to the United Nations, said, “Like so many others, I have lost more than a beloved friend. I have lost an inspiration. She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.”
Former President Herbert Hoover called her a “lady of fine courage and great devotion to her country.”
Tributes in this country and abroad came from those who had met the more first lady in the course of her work with the United Nations. Secretary of State Den Rusk described her “untiring work ... in support of human rights as a monument to her whole life’s work.”
Carlos P. Romulo, former president of the United Nations General Assembly, said in Manila, “The world is poorer for having lost its first lady.
This continues the Appeal’s review of news stories and headlines during its Sesquicentennial year.