Actually, though, he announced that they would name their daughter Katherine. At least, that's my mother's version. He reiterated this over the years. When I was finally born and my parents were filling out the name form, he asked her, "You know how to spell it, right?"
"Of course," she replied, having been told this repeatedly. "K-A-T-H-E-R-I-N-E."
"No!" my father answered. "Of course not! It's K-A-T-H-R-Y-N." And so it has been ever since.
Oddly enough, my father now works in Moscow and does business with offices in New York. And it is not inconceivable that I should end up working for the United Nations....