Robert McNamara

Robert McNamara


Robert McNamara who was an American business executive and the eighth United States Secretary of Defense born on June 9, 1916, In California, U.S

Family Background:

He was the son of Robert James McNamara, The sales manager of a wholesale shoe company. His mother’s name was Clara Neil McNamara.

Personal Life:

On August 13, 1940, Robert McNamara married Margaret Craig, His teenage sweetheart. They had three children, two daughters, Kathleen McNamara, and Margaret Elizabeth Pastor, and one son named Robert Craig McNamara. His wife passed away in 1981 after suffering from cancer.

In September 2014, Diana Masieri Byfield, a widow.


He had entered the US Army Air Corps in 1943. He put his sharp analytical skills to work in the Office of Statistical Control.


McNamara had officially taken over the post in January 1961. Kennedy wanted him to reorganize the country’s defense program. McNamara helped build the country’s Planning, Programming and Budgeting System (PPBS). He emphasized the need for traditional troops as well as military hardware and improved weapons systems. He had also played an important role in the Cuban Missile Crisis and served as a member of EXCOMM, the body of US government officials who helped to defuse the crisis. McNamara had been criticized by many in the peace movement, as He had been one of the major strategists behind the war. Some were also critical of the information he conveyed about Vietnam. He had traveled to Vietnam several times in order to understand the situation and was, therefore, reluctant to send more troops as requested. Years later, he stated that his support of the war was due to his loyalty to the administration. In April 1968, Robert McNamara had become the President of the World Bank and had held the position till June 1981, when He was 65 years of age. During his years as the president, he gained fame for introducing several key changes.

On 6th July 2009, McNamara passed away in his sleep at his home in Washington, D.C. He was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Unknown Facts:

  • His full name was Robert Strange McNamara.

Master Stroke:

  • He gained fame for introducing several key changes. He was involved in numerous projects related to poverty reduction.
  • He also oversaw the expansion of the bank’s lending capabilities. Currently, the World Bank has a scholarship program under McNamara’s name.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1961, He had been named Alumnus of the Year
  • In 1968, He received the ‘Medal of Freedom’.
  • In 1968, He received the ‘Distinguished Service Medal’

What can we learn from Him??

Like Robert McNamara, Not be afraid of your personality which you have.

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