Pace enters the East Room with White House Curator James Roe Ketchum. Ketchum served as a staff historian of the Interior Department from 1961 to 1962 while pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Art History from George Washington University. He was made acting curator in 1963 after the permanent curator, Williams Elders III, abruptly quit. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy subsequently appointed Ketchum as White House curator. To quiet the public about a young man holding a senior position (Ketchum was 24 at the time), Kennedy sent out a press release stating Ketchum's age as 29. He remained in the position until 1970, serving during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon.