01 November 2012
Requiescat in Pace -- Letitia Baldrige
We received a somber, early morning call. It was not about flooding, or weather, or a close friend, but news that Letitia Baldrige had died. This is the kind of call we get. It is important news at Lucindaville when such an arbiter of etiquette has departed this earth.
Her death leaves a gigantic void in a world that seems to be devoid of taste or decorum. As Baldrige stated in 2007, “Many people feel we’ve lost all sense of taste. Notoriety is what counts, and what sells. As far as excellence, half the people don’t even recognise it when they see it. ”
Letitia Baldrige is perhaps best known for her tenure as the White House social secretary to Jacqueline Kennedy. While much of the planning of the elaborate White House events were the result of Baldrige's meticulous attention to detail, she always made sure the First Lady received the credit.
After a slight of a Pakistani ambassador she tried valiantly to apologize, finally waring him down with a bouquet of roses. It became a mantra. If you screw up -- send roses. Today we are sending roses out to the memory of the incomparable Letitia Baldrige.