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Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, American lawyer, director. Bar: New York 1932, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1935, Federal Ct 1936. Named Hotchkiss Man of Year, 1962; recipient citation of merit Yale Law School, 1963, Eisenhower award Business Executives for National Security, 1993.


Gilpatric, Roswell Leavitt was born on November 4, 1906 in Brooklyn. Son of Walter Hodges and Charlotte (Leavitt) Gilpatric.


Bachelor of Arts prima academica honoris, Yale, 1928;Bachelor of Laws, Yale, 1931;Doctor of Laws, Franklin and Marshall College, 1962;Doctor of Laws, Bowdoin College, 1963.


Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and predecessor, New York City, 1931-1951, 53-61, 64-77;counsel, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and predecessor, 1977-1995. Chairman of the board of trustees Aerospace Corporation, 1960-1961. Sterling visiting lecturer lawsch.

Yale, 1945-1946; assistant secretary materiel Air Force, 1951, undersecretary, 1951-1953. Deputy secretary Department Defense, 1961-1964. Board directors Eastern Air Lines.

Director emeritus Columbia Broadcasting System. Chairman of the Board Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corporation, 1975-1977, Federal Reserve Bank New York, 1973-1975. Director emeritus Corning Glass Company.


  • Bar: New York 1932, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1935, Federal Ct 1936.


Member Rockefeller Brothers Special Studies Project, 1956-1957. Member council Yale, 1957-1963. From trustee, vice chairman to trustee emeritus Metropolitan Museum Art.

Trustee New York Public Library, 1963-1976. Member Council on Foreign Relations, River Club, Century Association, Piping Rock Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Chi Psi.


Married Margaret Fulton Kurtz, June 18, 1932 (divorced September 1945). Children: Joan Bradshaw, John Fulton, Elizabeth Leavitt. Married Harriet Heywood, October 25, 1946 (divorced April 1958).

Married Madelin Thayer Kudner, September 18, 1958 (divorced February 1970). Married Paula Melhado Washburn, May 12, 1970 (divorced January 1985). Married Miriam R. Thorne, May 2, 1991.

Walter Hodges Gilpatric

Charlotte (Leavitt) Gilpatric

Margaret Fulton Kurtz

Harriet Heywood

Madelin Thayer Kudner

Paula Melhado Washburn

Miriam R. Thorne

Joan Bradshaw Gilpatric

John Fulton Gilpatric

Elizabeth Leavitt Gilpatric