|8th United States Secretary of Defense|
January 21, 1961 – February 29, 1968
|President||John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
|Deputy||Roswell Gilpatric, Cyrus Vance, Paul Nitze|
|Preceded by||Thomas S. Gates, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Clark Clifford|
|5th President of the World Bank|
April 1968 – June 1981
|Preceded by||George David Woods|
|Succeeded by||Alden W. Clausen|
|Born||June 9, 1916
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Died||July 6, 2009 (aged 93)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Craig (deceased)
Diana Masieri Byfield
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley Harvard University|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1943-1946|
|Awards||Legion of Merit|
Robert Strange McNamara (June 9, 1916 - July 6, 2009) was an American business executive and former United States Secretary of Defense. McNamara served as Defense Secretary from 1961 to 1968, during the Vietnam War. After holding that position he served as President of the World Bank from 1968 until 1981. He was of Irish ancestry of his father's side.