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Curtis Roosevelt, grandson of FDR, dies at 86

  • FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2005 file photo, from left, Jevgeni Dzjoegasjvili, Curtis Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, the grandsons of World War II leaders Joseph Stalin, Theodore Roosevelt and Churchill, meet in Maastricht, Netherlands for a conference to commemorate the Yalta agreement signed by their grandfathers 60 years ago as a foundation mark for modern Europe. Curtis Roosevelt, who lived in the White House as a child when his grandfather was president and worked for two decades at the U.N., died at 86 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)

    FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2005 file photo, from left, Jevgeni Dzjoegasjvili, Curtis Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, the grandsons of World War II leaders Joseph Stalin, Theodore Roosevelt and Churchill, meet in Maastricht, Netherlands for a conference to commemorate the Yalta agreement signed by their grandfathers 60 years ago as a foundation mark for modern Europe. Curtis Roosevelt, who lived in the White House as a child when his grandfather was president and worked for two decades at the U.N., died at 86 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 1933 file photo, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sits in his car with his daughter Anna Eleanor Dall and her two children, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, and Curtis Roosevelt, as he arrived back his home in Hyde Park, N.Y., to resume his vacation following an eventful week in Washington dealing with the National Recovery Administration. Curtis Roosevelt, who lived in the White House as a child when his grandfather was president and worked for two decades at the U.N., has died at 86 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo)

    FILE - In this Aug. 20, 1933 file photo, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sits in his car with his daughter Anna Eleanor Dall and her two children, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, and Curtis Roosevelt, as he arrived back his home in Hyde Park, N.Y., to resume his vacation following an eventful week in Washington dealing with the National Recovery Administration. Curtis Roosevelt, who lived in the White House as a child when his grandfather was president and worked for two decades at the U.N., has died at 86 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2005 file photo, from left, Jevgeni Dzjoegasjvili, Curtis Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, the grandsons of World War II leaders Joseph Stalin, Theodore Roosevelt and Churchill, meet in Maastricht, Netherlands for a conference to commemorate the Yalta agreement signed by their grandfathers 60 years ago as a foundation mark for modern Europe. Curtis Roosevelt, who lived in the White House as a child when his grandfather was president and worked for two decades at the U.N., died at 86 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)

    FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2005 file photo, from left, Jevgeni Dzjoegasjvili, Curtis Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, the grandsons of World War II leaders Joseph Stalin, Theodore Roosevelt and Churchill, meet in Maastricht, Netherlands for a conference to commemorate the Yalta agreement signed by their grandfathers 60 years ago as a foundation mark for modern Europe. Curtis Roosevelt, who lived in the White House as a child when his grandfather was president and worked for two decades at the U.N., died at 86 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)  (The Associated Press)

Curtis Roosevelt, who lived in the White House as a child when his grandfather was president and worked for two decades at the United Nations, has died at 86.

The oldest grandchild of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt died of a heart attack in Saint-Bonnet-du-Gard in southern France on Sep. 26, according to his sister, Anna Eleanor Seagraves, of Bethesda, Maryland.

Born in 1930, Curtis Roosevelt worked as an educator and political reformer in New York. As a diplomat at the U.N. from 1964 to 1983 he notably served as chief liaison with nongovernmental organizations.

Roosevelt didn't want a funeral service, but asked his friends and loved ones to "get together and have a good time, with wine and cheese," his widow Marina Roosevelt said Saturday from their French home.