Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, a former White House butler who worked under 11 presidents, has died of COVID-19, his family has announced. He was 91 years old.
Jerman joined the White House staff in 1957, working as a housekeeper for Dwight D. Eisenhower. While he stayed at the White House over the next seven decades, his role changed a few times, according to his granddaughter, Jamila Garrett. After a stint as a doorman, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy promoted him to the position he’d been eyeing all along: butler. “She was instrumental in ensuring that that happened,” Garrett says.
Jerman last worked under President Barack Obama, switching to part-time hours as his age caught up with him, according to Garrett.