One should add that George Rand was also Bugatti’s New York agent and a competent racing driver who took part in the 1951 Le Mans 24 h race for Briggs Cunningham.
George Curtis Rand of Hobe Sound, Florida, died on October 5, 1986, at his summer home in Woodside, California. He was born in Short Hills, New Jersey, on October 14, 1909, the son of Alice Kobbe Rand and Curtis Gordon Rand. He entered St. Paul's in 1922 as a I Former. In his VI Form year he was a member of the Concordian Literary Society and vice president of the Scientific Association and the Radio Club.
A member of the Harvard Class of 1922, he was engaged before and after World War II with furthering the sport of automobile racing in this country and abroad. He organized the Automobile Racing Club of America in 1932, was head of the contest board of the Sports Car Club of America 1953-1956, and was a U.S. delegate to the Federation Internationale de l' Automobile, the world governing body of the sport. A trophy named for him was presented at the annual East Coast interclub sports car championship in Bridgehampton, New York, in 1959. He was director and secretary of the automobile competition committee for the United States, F.I.A., from 1956 to 1974.
At Harvard he had joined the Flying Club and gained his pilot's license. He joined the U. S. Navy in March 1941 and served as a flight instructor in the United States and then in the Pacific with the Naval Air Transport Service. He left the service as a lieutenant commander in November 1945.
He was also a consultant to the Owl's Head (Maine) Transportation Museum.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Burnham Rand; his sister, Alice R. Durant; and his cousin, Laurance B. Rand.
Obivously George Rand married at least three times, Lilla Freulinghauser * Bingham being the name of another wife of his. Most interesting is his first wife whom he married on 26 May 1934 in Roslyn, Nassau County, New York, and divorced on 24 February 1938 in Reno, Nevada. TIME magazine at the occasion of this marriage called Rand a „Manhattan socialite“. His wife Eleanor Post Close Hutton (1909 – 2006), heiress to General Foods, was – like him – just 24 years old but had already been married two times, first to famous script writer (& later film director) Preston Sturges (the marriage was annulled after two years in 1932) and then in 1933 to French polo player Robert Gautier (the marriage lasted just one year, it seems she was divorced from Gautier after she married Rand!).
Eleanor would marry three more times, in 1942 Austrian writer Hans Habe, then – possibly in 1954 – a certain Owen D. Johnson (who surprisingly seems to have not been famous in any way), and finally in 1956 Belgian-born orchestral conductor Léon Barzin.
Her mother was Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887 – 1973) who in 1919 divorced Eleanor’s father Edward Close and in 1920 married E.F. Hutton who thus became Eleanor’s stepfather. From that marriage Eleanor in 1925 got a half-sister who became an actress by the name of Dina Merrill.
I’m afraid anymore about Eleanor would be considered fluff ;) . But I’d be glad to learn more about George Rand’s life and achievements in this thread.
* As you can see in post # 14 the right spelling is Frelinghuysen.
Edited by ReWind, 26 December 2011 - 20:15.