Franklin Delano Roosevelt III

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt III
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FDR III, right, with his father and paternal grandmother in 1962.
Born (1938-07-19) July 19, 1938 (age 80)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University, Columbia University
Occupation Economist, academic
Spouse(s) Grace Rumsey Goodyear (m. 1962)
Children Phoebe Louisa Roosevelt
Nicholas Martin Roosevelt
Amelia Roosevelt
Parent(s) Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.
Ethel du Pont

Franklin Delano "Frank" Roosevelt III (born July 19, 1938) is an American economist and academic. Through his father, he is a grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, and through his mother he is a member of the prominent du Pont family.


Franklin is the first child born to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. and his first wife, Ethel du Pont. He was born during his paternal grandfather's second term as president and was his eighth grandchild to be born. After his birth, his father said, "'Battling' Frank III is a beautiful baby."[1]

He has a younger brother, Christopher du Pont Roosevelt, born 1941, from his parents marriage as well. From his father's later marriages, of which there were five in total, he has two younger half-sisters, Nancy Suzanne Roosevelt (born 1952) and Laura Delano Roosevelt (born 1959), and a younger half-brother, John Alexander Roosevelt (born 1977). He also has a younger half-brother, Benjamin S. Warren III (born 1954), from his mother's later marriage to attorney Benjamin S. Warren, Jr.[2]

Education and career

After graduating from St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA, Frank Roosevelt received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University in 1961, his Masters from Columbia University in 1968, and his Ph.D. from The New School.[3] His dissertation was entitled Towards a Marxist Critique of the Cambridge School. His work has primarily focused on combining Marxism and capitalism in an attempt to make modern economic systems more "fair" and less prone to the "winner takes all" scenario.

Frank Roosevelt with his mother, Ethel du Pont, and FDR at the White House, Christmas 1941

In 1977, he became a professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, where he was chair of the social sciences faculty from 1988 to 1990 and 1991 to 1993.[3] He is a now professor emeritus, and continues to speak out on his grandparents' legacies.[4][5]

He has referred to himself as a "radical" or "alternative" economist.[6]

Rhona Free, one of his former students who is a professor of economics at Eastern Connecticut State University, was named in 2004 one of four U.S. Professors of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In her acceptance speech, she cited Roosevelt as a significant influence, saying, "The most important teacher I ever had was Frank Roosevelt, an economics professor at Sarah Lawrence. He's much more interested in teaching than in testing and in encouraging than in evaluating. In his classes even an average student, as I was, can learn to think critically, express thoughts carefully, and view the world with an open mind."[7]

In 2004, the university awarded him the Lipkin Family Prize for Inspirational Teaching.[7]

Politics and family legacy

The Eleanor Roosevelt Monument in Manhattan

Roosevelt, who lives in Manhattan, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Manhattan Country School.[3] from 1970 to 2010. In 1981, he led the effort to put the school's tuition system on a sliding scale.

Roosevelt led the effort to build a monument to his grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt at Riverside Park in Manhattan. The Eleanor Roosevelt Monument was unveiled in 1996.[8]

In 2012, Roosevelt received the "Intelligence and Courage Award" from the Frances Perkins Center.[9]

Since January 2013, Roosevelt has taught economics in the Master of Arts in Public Administration program at Metropolitan College of New York.

Roosevelt publicly endorsed Democrat Bill de Blasio in his successful 2013 campaign for mayor of New York City, saying de Blasio was "the only true progressive in the race." His distant cousin, Barclays investment banker Theodore Roosevelt IV, a great-grandson of TR, supported Republican Joseph J. Lhota.[10] Each descendant stayed with his forebear's party affiliation.

Personal life

He married Grace Rumsey Goodyear on June 18, 1962.[11] She is the granddaughter of Norman Thomas (1884–1968), the Presbyterian minister who achieved fame as a socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. They have three children, including a set of twins:

  • Phoebe Louisa Roosevelt (born February 25, 1965)
  • Nicholas Martin Roosevelt (born June 8, 1966)
  • Amelia "Amie" Roosevelt (born June 8, 1966), a concert violinist[8][12]

Published works

  • Samuel Bowles; Richard Edwards; Frank Roosevelt (2005). Understanding Capitalism: Competition, Command, and Change (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-513865-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Frank Roosevelt; David Belkin (1994). Why Market Socialism?: Voices from Dissent Paperback. M E Sharpe. ISBN 978-1563244667.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  2. Staff. "A du Pont and Roosevelt Marry…But It's Anything But Happily Ever After". A Short History. Retrieved 18 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Frank Roosevelt Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 14, 2011. Retrieved 2008-02-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Fitz-Gibbon, Jorge (June 30, 2012). "FDR's grandson has advice for Obama". The Journal-News. Retrieved April 4, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Toyoda, Toyoda (November 29, 2011). "Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt – 10/11/11". United Nations Association. Retrieved April 4, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Sarah Lawrence Faculty Profile: The Elephant in the Room". 2005. Retrieved January 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Rhona Free '78". Sarah Lawrence College. Retrieved January 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 Joseph Berger (March 16, 2005). "Roosevelts and the Quirks of Destiny". New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "2012 Frances Perkins Center Honorees" (PDF). Retrieved January 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Michael Grynbaum (July 2, 2013). "A Split in Allegiances Among Roosevelt Scions". The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Princeton Alumni Weekly". Vol. LXIII No. 1. princeton alumni weekly. 1 January 1962: p. 19. Retrieved 18 April 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Amy Roosevelt". Bach Festival. Retrieved January 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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