Robert I. Ross (above), Southampton Hospital’s Vice President of Community and Government Relations traveled to Boston, Massachusetts earlier this month to donate the birth records of former US First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis to Tom Putnan, director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
The records, which have been in Southampton Hospital’s possession since Mrs. Onassis’ birth on July 28, 1929, were donated to the JFK Library with the express permission of Caroline Kennedy, Onassis’ daughter and the newly appointed US Ambassador to Japan. While looking for documents pertaining to the Hospital 100th anniversary in 2009, Ross came upon Mrs. Onassis’ birth records in a hospital safe, in a manila envelope marked “Mrs. President Jack Kennedy.”
“Southampton Hospital is extremely pleased to transfer this piece of American history to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum where visitors to the 35th President’s Library will be able to view the documents,” commented Robert S. Chaloner, Hospital President and CEO.