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Melvin Laird

Melvin LairdAKA Melvin Robert Laird, Jr.

Born: 1-Sep-1922
Birthplace: Omaha, NE
Died: 16-Nov-2016
Location of death: Fort Myers, FL
Cause of death: Respiratory failure

Gender: Male
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Secretary of Defense, 1969-73

Military service: US Navy (1942-46, Lt.)

Father: Melvin Robert Laird, Sr. (state legislator, d. 1946)
Mother: Helen Connor Laird (b. 1891)
Wife: Barbara Masters Laird (m. 1945, d. 1991, two sons, one daughter)
Son: John
Son: David
Daughter: Alison Laird-Large
Wife: Carole Fleischman (m. 1993, until his death)

    University: BA, Carleton College, Northfield, MN (1942)

    US Secretary of Defense (22-Jan-1969 to 29-Jan-1973 under Richard M. Nixon)
    US Congressman, Wisconsin 7th (3-Jan-1953 to 21-Jan-1969, resigned)
    Wisconsin State Senate (1946-52)
    Member of the Board of Metropolitan Life
    Member of the Board of Martin Marietta
    Member of the Board of Northwest Airlines
    Member of the Board of Purolator
 
    American Academy of Diplomacy
    Freemasonry 33rd degree
    Alfalfa Club 1973
    Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks
    American Legion
    Disabled American Veterans
    George C. Marshall Foundation Council of Advisors
    Kennedy Center Honorary Trustee
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Augusta National Golf Club
 
    Purple Heart
    Lasker Award Public Service Award (1963)
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 1974
 
    Hernia Operation (Apr-1971)
    Wedding: Edward Cox and Tricia Nixon (1971)

Author of books:
A House Divided: America's Strategy Gap (1962, international affairs)


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