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Robert McNamara
8th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
January 21, 1961 – February 29, 1968
President John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Deputy Roswell Gilpatric, Cyrus Vance, Paul Nitze
Preceded by Thomas S. Gates, Jr.
Succeeded by Clark Clifford
5th President of the World Bank
In office
April 1968 – June 1981
Preceded by George David Woods
Succeeded by Alden W. Clausen
Personal details
Born June 9, 1916(1916-06-09)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died July 6, 2009 (aged 93)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican[1]
Spouse(s) Margaret Craig (m. 1940-1981, her death)
Diana Masieri Byfield (m. 2004-2009, his death)
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley Harvard University
Awards Legion of Merit
Military service
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service 1943-1946
Rank Lieutenant Colonel

Robert Strange McNamara (June 9, 1916 - July 6, 2009) was an American business executive and former United States Secretary of Defense. McNamara served as Defense Secretary from 1961 to 1968, during the Vietnam War. After holding that position he served as President of the World Bank from 1968 until 1981. He was of Irish ancestry on his father's side.


  1. SIX FOR THE KENNEDY CABINET, Time, December 26, 1960.