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Elliott Roosevelt, 80, author, son of former president

Author Elliott Roosevelt, who served his father, President Franklin Roosevelt, during World War II and later wrote a best seller about it, died Saturday. The cause of his death was not immediately disclosed.

Roosevelt, 80, was a World War II Air Corps general as well as author and lecturer. He was also a former mayor of Miami Beach and a Democratic National Committeeman from Florida.

His business career included ventures in advertising, radio station management and ranching.

Roosevelt was born Sept. 23, 1910, in New York City. He attended Groton and Hun preparatory schools and Columbia University.

During World War II, Roosevelt commanded the multinational aerial reconnaissance wing that played a key role in the Allies' 1944 D-Day landings on Normandy Beach, as well as the invasions of North Africa and Sicily.

He flew 89 missions, was wounded twice and was decorated for valor by the United States, France, Morocco and England.

Roosevelt launched his writing career in 1946 with the publication of the best-selling book, As He Saw It, which detailed his experiences as an aide to his father at five historic wartime summit conferences.

He later wrote a trilogy of books about his parents and in 1983 wrote The Conservators, a statement of his philosophy about survival of the planet.

Roosevelt lived in the Phoenix area in the late 1950s and returned to Arizona in 1989, settling in Scottsdale.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a brother, James; eight children; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Tuesday in Scottsdale.

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