Rotarian Kathryn Smith of the Greater Anderson Rotary Club will be speaking in Pawleys Island on
Friday, Sept. 30 about her new book “The Gatekeeper.” This is the first biography of Missy LeHand,
personal secretary to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. LeHand, who worked for Roosevelt for more than 20
years, was with him all through his polio fight and helped him establish the polio rehab center at Warm
Springs, Georgia in the 1920s.
“Missy was the one person who truly believed in FDR’s dream for a rehab center at Warm Springs,” Smith
said. “She served as his hostess there, and handled all his business related to Warm Springs and his
polio foundation when he was in the White House.” LeHand was the de facto chief of staff at the White
House, a post that has never been held by a woman, before or since. FDR valued her as a confidante,
advisor and friend.
Smith and her book, which is being published September 6 by Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone imprint,
will be featured in an upcoming edition of The Rotarian magazine. She will be the featured author at the
Moveable Feast luncheon at Inlet Affairs of Sept. 30, sponsored by Litchfield Books, and will be signing
the books at the store following the luncheon at 2 p.m. For information, contact Litchfield Books at 843-
237-8138. Smith’s website is www.kathrynsmithwords.com.