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secretary of the navy

William Birrell Franke, American secretary of the navy. Recipient Patriotic Civilian Service commendation United States Army, 1951, Distinguished Service award Department Defense, 1951; Medal of Freedom, 1961. Member Union League Club (New York City), Army and Navy Club (Washington), Rutland Country Club.


Franke, William Birrell was born on April 15, 1894 in Troy, New York, United States. Son of William G. and Helena E. (Birrell) Franke.


Doctor of Science, University Louisville, 1948. Data Control Language, Pace College, 1955.


President, Securities Companyspecial assistant to, Secretary of Defense, 1951-1952;assistant secretary for finance management, Navy, 1954-1957;under-secretary, Navy, 1957-1959;secretary, Navy, 1959-1960;business consultant, from 1960. Vice Chairman of the Board Fram Corporation. President, director Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio R.R.

Director Penn-Dixie Cement Corporation, Rutland County Bank, Rutland, Vermont.


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Member Union League Club (New York City), Army and Navy Club (Washington), Rutland Country Club.


Married Bertha Irene Reedy, June 28, 1919. Children: Phyllis Birrell (Mistress Harding Hall Fowler), Ann Tallmadge (Mistress John Anthony Ulinski Junior), Patricia Wendell (Mistress W. Sherman Kouns).

William G. Franke

Helena E. (Birrell) Franke

Bertha Irene Reedy

Phyllis Birrell Franke (Mistress Harding Hall Fowler)

Ann Tallmadge Franke (Mistress John Anthony Ulinski Junior)

Patricia Wendell Franke (Mistress W. Sherman Kouns)