memory was tweaked recently as I listened to Nikki Haley being
grilled about her qualifications to be the U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations. In 1957
I lived in NY City and
I visited the U.N.often
… never failing to feel awe struck as I gazed
at the huge array of colorful
flags surrounding the
building. each one representing a member country. It
was also the era of Dag Hammarskjold, the Swedish diplomat who served
as Secretary General from 1953 to 1961 when he was tragically
killed in a plane
1962 my husband and I and our 3 children left the city and bought a
lake-front home in Dutchess County, about an hour's drive from the
was there that we met a colorful neighbor with the nickname of Dr.
Zika. He would come by the house, often on horse back, and we became
good friends. It was quite a few months before we met his wife
was the Director of Administrative Services at
the United Nations and
was part of her job to
travel the world..
When we finally met her it was well worth the wait. What a
fascinating woman she was ! She had been very close to Dag
Hammarskjold and we spent many hours discussing his belief in the
core values of the U.N., specifically universal
peace and cooperation among nations.
Dr. Zika and Margaret moved back to the city she gave us a copy of
the book that you see pictured here. In it she wrote: “To Ginnie
and Dick, newly found friends who, like us, strongly believe in the
brotherhood of man”. I am proud to say that I still feel that way
… as difficult as it can be at times.