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Helene von Damm

AKA Helene A. Winter

Born: 4-May-1938
Birthplace: Ulmerfield, Austria

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government, Diplomat
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Reagan's personal secretary

Personal secretary to Ronald Reagan beginning with his gubernatorial campaign in 1966, continuing through his two terms as governor, acting as his executive assistant during his business years, and as northeast regional finance director in the 1980 Presidential campaign. When Reagan was elected president, she was named his Director for Presidential Personnel in 1981, and served in a like capacity until her appointment as US Ambassador to Austria in 1983. Within two years, she had divorced her third husband, a New Jersey computer industry consultant, and married her fourth, Peter Gürtler, owner of Vienna's luxurious Sacher Hotel (himself very recently divorced), nearly causing a scandal among Austrian society. In June 1985, she cabled Reagan her intent to resign, and by December a replacement was selected.

Husband: (US Army soldier, m. West Germany, div. Detroit)
Husband: Christian von Damm (Bank of America executive, second husband, div.)
Husband: Byron Leeds (third husband, div. Nov-1985)
Husband: Peter Gürtler (owner, Sacher Hotel, m. Feb-1985, div. 1986?, d. 1990 suicide)

    US Ambassador to Austria (1983-86)
    White House Staff Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel (1982-83)
    White House Staff Director of Presidential Personnel (1981-82)
    United Service Organization World Board of Governors (past)
    Coro Foundation Public Affairs Leadership training
    American Medical Association Secretary, AMA PAC (1965)
    Forbes 2000
    Naturalized US Citizen (1959)

Author of books:
At Reagan's Side (1989)


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