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United States Secretary of Defense

Robert Strange McNamara, former United States Secretary of Defense. Served as lieutenant colonel United States Army Air Force, 1943-1946. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


McNamara, Robert Strange was born on June 9, 1916 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of Robert James and Clara Nell (Strange) McNamara.


Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University California, Berkeley, 1937. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University California. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1939.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Harvard University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Michigan. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Columbia University.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), George Washington University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Princeton University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Amherst College.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Williams College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Alabama. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Ohio State University.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), New York University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Notre Dame. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Pennsylvania.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University St. Andrews. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Philippines. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Aberdeen University.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Oxford University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University South Carolina.


With Price, Waterhouse & Company, 1939—1940. Assistant professor business administration Harvard University, 1940-1943. Executive Ford Motor Company, 1946-1961, controller, 1949—1953, assistant general manager Ford division, 1953—1955, vice president, general manager, 1955—1957, director, group vice president, 1957-1961, president, 1960-1961.

Secretary United States Department Defense, 1961-1968. President The World Bank, 1968-1981. Retired, 1981

Member, trustee public and private institutions including Overseas Development Council, Urban Institute, Enterprise Foundation, Brookings Institute, Royal Dutch Petroleum, 1981-1987, Bank of America Corporation, 1981-1987, Corning, 1981-1990, Washington Post Corporation, 1981-1989.

Special consultant War Department, 1942.



Served as lieutenant colonel United States Army Air Force, 1943-1946. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Margaret Craig, August 13, 1940 (deceased February 3, 1981). Children: Margaret Elizabeth, Kathleen, Robert Craig. Married Diana Masieri Byfield, September 16, 2004.

Robert James McNamara

Clara Nell (Strange) McNamara

Margaret Craig

Diana Masieri Byfield

Margaret Elizabeth McNamara

Kathleen McNamara

Robert Craig McNamara