James D. Watkins
Watkins as Secretary of Energy 1989-1993
March 1, 1989 – January 20, 1993
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||John Herrington|
|Succeeded by||Hazel O'Leary|
June 30, 1982 – June 30, 1986
|Preceded by||Thomas Hayward|
|Succeeded by||Carlisle Trost|
James David Watkins
March 7, 1927
Alhambra, California, U.S.
|Died||July 26, 2012 (aged 85)|
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Sheila Jo McKinney Watkins (first wife; 1950 - 1996, her death)|
Janet McDonough Watkins
|Children||Katherine Watkins Coopersmith|
Laura Jo Watkins
James David Watkins, Jr.
Edward Francis Watkins
|Alma mater||United States Naval Academy|
Naval Postgraduate School
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal|
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star (Valor)"
Navy Commendation Medal
Navy Expeditionary Medal
China Service Medal
WWII Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Vietnam Service Medal (5)
United Nations Korea Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal
|Allegiance|| United States of America
Years of Service: 1949-1986|
|Branch/service|| United States Navy|
|Commands||Chief of Naval Operations|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
James David Watkins (March 7, 1927 – July 26, 2012) was an American politician. He was a United States Navy admiral and former Chief of Naval Operations.
He served as the U.S. Secretary of Energy during the George H. W. Bush administration, also chairing U.S. government commissions on HIV/AIDS and ocean policy. Watkins also served on the boards of various companies and other nongovernmental organizations and as the co-chair of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative.
Watkins died of congestive heart failure on July 26, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia at the age of 85.