The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on January 2, 1977 · Page 174
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 174

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, January 2, 1977
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(My 18HOTTR t?u PLAYTEX 18 HOUR k. BRIEF ALL-IN-ONE 4K"j 1 18HOUR r BRA J Hi vi 1 -jar- 0.1 n 1952, long convinced that Eisenhower would never divorce Mamie, Kay married Reginald Morgan, a stockbroker. That marriage ended in 1958. Until her death Kay Summersby cherished the collection of autographed photos given to her by Ike, Generals Bradley and Marshall, Churchill, Roosevelt and others. KAY AND IKE CONTINUED O f V . t It ' began at Telegraph Cottage in Kingston, outside London. It was a retreat of sorts where Ike could play bridge, relax occasionally, and enjoy a modicum of privacy. "After the first few evenings at Telegraph Cottage," Kay Summersby wrote,."Eisenhower decided that it was too much for me to drive back to London on the nights he decided to sleep over... so he requisitioned a billet for me at Bushey Park, which was very close, so that I could get more sleep." Ike was apparently shy, reticent, and circumspect in his courting until Kay's fiance was killed. After that Ike became more ardent, only to have his impo-tency defeat and frustrate him. A letter to Mamie At the time he projected the public image of a hard-working, war-weary commander who faithfully wrote to his wife back in the States almost every week. (His son, John Eisenhower, is in the process of editing a collection of those letters.) In truth, according to Summersby, she once typed out a letter to Mamie Eisenhower based on some notes Ike had given her. A quick reply from Mamie suggested that she was not particularly receptive to typewritten letters. From that point on the General wrote home by hand. When World War II ended, Ike was called to Washington to take over from Gen. George Marshall, who had been ordered by President Truman to China on a special mission. Kay Summersby expected to go along with Ike as a member of his personal staff. Inexplicably to her, she was dropped from his list at the last moment. Ike told her not to worry. "I'll be back, and we'll both leave for Washington around the first of the year." "Ike never came back," Kay Summersby sadly remembered . . . "Nothing was ever the same again." Her book tells how it was to her. and as a model at Worth's of Paris near Crosvenor Square. In the Iate1930's she married Cordon Summersby, an Englishman who was shipped out to India with the British Army. When war came to Britain in 1939, she quit her modeling job and joined the Motor Transport Corps. She and her sister Evie drove an ambulance through the perilous 1940-41 period of the Luftwaffe blitz. When the blitz ended in May, 1941, the U.S. Embassy in London asked the Motor Corps for a few drivers who knew London well enough to chauffeur some visiting American Army officers around the city; by then all its street signs had been removed. The Motor Transport Corps assigned Kay Summersby the job. One of the first U.S. Army officers she drove was Capt. Richard Arnold, an engineer, then 30 and married. They fell in love, and both agreed to seek divorces in order to marry each other. Invitation to lunch A few months later, in the spring of 1942, Gens. Dwight Eisenhower and Mark Clark, having flown into Scotland and taken the train to London, were assigned Kay Summersby as driver. Eisenhower took an instant liking to her. After two days he invited Kay to lunch with him and Clark at the Con-naught Hotel. She was 34, Eisenhower 52. When Kay drove both generals to Northolt Airport for their return to the U.S., Ike gave her a box of chocolates. On his return to London as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, he gave her a basket of fruit, then stole her away from Gen. Carl "Tooey" Spaatz, who was in charge of the 8th Air Force. Ike assigned her as his personal driver. Later she became more than that. The Eisenhower-Summersby liaison iiTarrrsriTrirnirixrnira

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