Robert McNamara died on 6 July 2009.

LA Times

Robert S. McNamara Dies at 93
Stephen Braun, 7 July 2009

Chicago Tribune

McNamara’s Complicated Legacy
David Ignatius, 7 July 2009

New York Times

Robert S. McNamara, Architect of a Futile War, Dies at 93
Tim Weiner, 7 July 2009


Kennedy’s McNamara Mistake
Michael Beschloss, 10 July 2009

Washington Post

Remembering McNamara’s Hope for Peace
Walter Pincus, 7 July 2009

Washington Post

The McNamara I Knew
Joseph A. Califano Jr., 7 July 2009

The Economist

Robert McNamara, Systems Analyst and Defense Secretary, died on 6th July, aged 93
9 July 2009

RSM's Grave site at Arlington National Cemetery

Robert McNamara’s resting place at Arlington National Cemetery


Robert S. McNamara was born in Oakland, California, on 9 June 1916, to Robert James McNamara and Clara Nell McNamara.  He was educated in public schools before receiving a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1939.  After a year with Price Waterhouse & Co., McNamara returned to teach at Harvard from 1940-43, from where he also instructed Army Air Corps officers in statistical techniques and war management.

McNamara remains the longest-serving US Secretary of Defense (1961-68), under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.