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Federal agency administrator , Lawyer

John Nichol Irwin, II, American lawyer, former federal agency administrator. Bar: New York bar 1946. Decorated Legion of Merit; Commander Philippine Legion of Honor; Commander Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; recipient medal of Freedom, 1961.


II, John Nichol Irwin, was born on December 31, 1913 in Keokuk, Iowa, United States. Son of John R. and Florence V. (Johnstone) II.


Graduate, Lawrenceville School, 1933;Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1937;Bachelor of Arts Jurisprudence, Balliol College, Oxford (England) University, 1939;Master of Arts, Balliol College, Oxford (England) University, 1944;Bachelor of Laws, Fordham University, 1941;Doctor of Laws, Parsons College, 1960;Doctor of Laws, Union College, Schenectady, 1963.


Associate firm, Davis, Polk, Wardell, Sunderland and Kiendl, New York City, 1946-1950;partner, Patterson, Belknap & Webb, 1950-1957, 61-70, 74-77;of counsel, Patterson, Belknap & Webb, since 1977;deputy assistant secretary defense for international security affairs, Department Defense, 1957-1958;assistant secretary defense for international security affairs, 1958-1961;under secretary of state, 1970-1972;deputy secretary state, 1972-1973;Ambassador to, France, 1973-1974. Adviser Joint Philippine-American Finance Commission, 1947.


  • Bar: New York bar 1946.


Trustee New York Zoological Society, American Museum Natural History. Trustee emeritus Princeton University, Lawrencevillle School, Metropolitan Museum Art. Served from 1st lieutenant to colonel Army of the United States, 1941-1946.

Member Bar Association City New York, American, Federal, New York State bar associations, Council Foreign Relations, Pilgrims of the United States. Clubs: Country (New Canaan, Connecticut). 1925 F Street (Washington), Metropolitan (Washington).

Princeton (New York City), River (New York City), University (New York City), Century Association (New York City), Links (New York City). Fishers Island (New York ) Country.


Married Jane Watson, June 2, 1949 (deceased December 1970). Children: Jane, John. Married Jane German Reimers, September 30, 1976.

John R. II

Florence V. (Johnstone) II

Jane Watson

Jane German Reimers

Jane II

John II