Stansfield Turner

Stansfield Turner

Highland Park, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Death 18 Jan 2018 (aged 94)
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 186728447 · View Source
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US Government Official. He served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) from March 9, 1977 to January 20, 1981. He attended the United States Naval Academy where he was a lineman on their football team and an academic standout. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1946 where he was 25th in the class of 820, which featured a future chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 32 future admirals, two future generals and a future president. Selected for a Rhodes scholarship, he received a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford in 1950. During a 32-year military career, he served on destroyers during the Korean War and commanded a guided-missile ship during the Vietnam War. In 1972, he was named president of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he used his Rhodes connections to revamp the academic standards. He would serve in this position until 1974. He would later serve as commander of the United States Navy’s Second Fleet, based in Norfolk, Virginia, before receiving his fourth star and assignment as NATO commander in Southern Europe in 1975. In 1977, he was appointed by his former Naval classmate, President Jimmy Carter to be director of Central Intelligence, where he would serve until 1981 when the new Reagan Administration took over. As the head of the C.I.A., he reorganized its clandestine ranks, introduced the use of new technology, and tried to bring more accountability to the agency. After leaving the agency, he was a lecturer, author of several books, television commentator, and served on the Board of Directors of several American corporations. In 2000, he survived a plane crash in Costa Rica that took the life of his second wife.

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