Former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (1973-76) and U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union (1991-92), Strauss was Gov. John Connally’s Dallas representative for the planning of the presidential visit. A close family friend, he comforted Nellie Connally at Parkland Memorial Hospital while her wounded husband underwent surgery. Recorded May 24, 1996.
Ambassador Strauss passed away on March 19, 2014.