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Howard Malcolm Baldrige, Jr
Birth: Oct. 4, 1922
Omaha
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 1987
Walnut Creek
Contra Costa County
California, USA

US Secretary of Commerce. He served in the position under President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 until his death. The son of H. Malcolm Baldrige, Sr, a US congressman from Nebraska, he worked as a ranch hand during his youth, earning several awards as a professional team roper on the rodeo circuit. He received his formal education from The Hotchkiss School at Lakeville, Connecticut and Yale University at New Haven, Connecticut. During World War II he served in the US Army as a captain of the 27th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater of Operations. After returning from the war, he began his career in the manufacturing industry in 1947, as the foundry hand in an iron company in Connecticut and rose to become its president by 1960. In 1962 he became chairman and chief executive officer of Scovill, Incorporated in Waterbury, Connecticut. In December 1980 he was nominated to be Secretary of Commerce by President-elect Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the US Senate the following month. During his tenure, he played a major role in developing and carrying out Administration trade policy. He took the lead in resolving difficulties in technology transfers with China and India and held the first Cabinet-level talks with the Soviet Union in seven years which paved the way for increased access for US firms to the Soviet market. He was named by President Reagan to chair a Cabinet-level Trade Strike Force to search out unfair trading practices and recommend ways to end those practices. He was the leader in the reform of the nation's antitrust laws and was a proponent of quality management as a key to prosperity and long-term strength. He took a personal interest in the legislation that became the Quality Improvement Act of 1987 and helped draft one of the early versions. On July 25, 1987, he sustained internal injuries from a rodeo accident at the Jack Roddy Ranch in Brentwood, California while participating in a calf-roping competition when the horse he was riding fell on him. He died as a result of the injuries later that day at the John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, California at the age of 64. Shortly after his death, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration renamed one of its oceanographic research ships the NOAAS Malcolm Baldridge. In 1988 the annual Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award was established by Congress in his honor to recognize US organizations in the business, health care, education, and nonprofit sectors in applying the principles of Total Quality Management as embodied in the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. In October 1988 he was posthumously presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President Ronald Reagan. He was a Professional Rodeo Man of the Year in 1980 and in 1999 he was installed in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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 Parents:
  Howard Malcolm Baldrige (1894 - 1985)
  Regina Katherine Connell Baldrige (1896 - 1967)
 
 Sibling:
  Howard Malcolm Baldrige (1922 - 1987)
  Letitia Baldrige (1926 - 2012)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
North Cemetery (New)
Woodbury
Litchfield County
Connecticut, USA
 
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Record added: Sep 28, 2002
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On your 92nd birthday
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Oct. 2, 2014
Thank you for your military service to our country during World War II and for your public service as Secretary of Commerce. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Aug. 14, 2014

- David Wend
 Added: Oct. 4, 2013
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