WILLIAM TURNER LEVY discovered that Eleanor Roosevelt
was a person who made a deep impression on almost everyone
she met, not simply because of who she was but because of what
she was. And although human beings often reveal different
facets of themselves to different people, the impression she made
on people was remarkably consistent. In the ten years of their
friendship, William Turner Levy learned much about Mrs.
Roosevelt from the stories her friends told. Some of them were
amusing, but most were tributes to the profound humanity of
this remarkable woman.
Stories that Mrs. Roosevelt told about herself deepened Wil-
liam Turner Levy’s understanding of her qualities of mind and
heart. She was never pretentious. She had that most desirable of
traits, and one not always found in the prominent: the ability to
laugh at herself. She did not hesitate to relate anecdotes about
pecadillos in her past. Other stories enhanced William Turner
Levy’s awareness of her intense compassion for others.