My encounters with Pat Korry wife of Ed Korry Ambassador to Chile during Allende controversy, White House and Paris stories, 2 degrees of separation with Kennedys Johnsons Nixons Gertrude Stein Marshal Tito and host of others
I was living in Charlotte, NC at the time in 2008.
I had a favorite coffee shop that I frequented most mornings to start my day off with coffee, socializing and computer work.
I got to know many people by name and some by face and would say good morning/hello to many whether I knew their names or not.
One morning, an older woman that I had greeted many times without being introduced, walked over and asked what I did. so we found a quieter side table and I explained what I did and although I believed it was somewhat interesting, what she told me blew me away.
Her name was Pat Korry. She was married to the former Ambassador to Chile during the Allende Controversy. I was somewhat familiar with the story line and even the fact that her husband had been exonerated in later years for knowing anything about the CIA’s involvement. That was very interesting.
Here is the rest of the story.
They knew the Kennedys, Johnsons and Nixons.
One day they were at the White House. Her husband Ed was in a back room discussing something with Lyndon Johnson. Someone who had witnessed the discussions told Pat that her husband had his finger pushing it at Johnson’s chest. Few people got away with that.
They attended parties in Paris with Gertrude Stein and a host of other famous people.
Pat Korry was the first female radio broadcaster in Europe after WWII and interviewed Marshal Tito. She also hobnobbed with the top radio news personalities.
Pat’s stories went on and on as I sat there speechless.
She gave me her initial memoirs to critique which I agreed not to divulge.
My disability hit in early 2009 and I eventually moved away from Charlotte.
What Pat shared with me will always be a cherished memory.
It also provides 2 degrees of separation between me and the Kennedys, Johnsons, Nixons, Gertrude Stein, Marshal Tito, Ed Korry and a host of others. And of course 1 degree from Pat.
Photo from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
March 13, 1963
President John F. Kennedy visits with newly-appointed United States Ambassador to Ethiopia, Edward M. Korry, and family. Left to right: Patricia M. Korry, Alexandra Korry, President Kennedy, Deborah Korry, Ambassador Korry (behind), Edward M. Korry, Kelly Korry, and Mildred McCarthy. Oval Office, White House, Washington D.C. [Photograph by Dan Lewis]”