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Stanley Rogers Resor

Stanley Rogers Resor (born December 5, 1917) is a former lawyer, U.S. military officer, and government official.

Born in New York City, he was the son of Stanley B. Resor (pronounced REE-zer), president of the J. W. Thompson advertising agency and one of the originators of the modern advertising industry. The elder Resor graduated from Yale University in 1901, and his son followed him there after attending the Groton School, and graduated from Yale in 1939, where he was tapped to join Scroll and Key. He went on to Yale Law School where he was a contemporary of Sargent Shriver (also a member of Scroll and Key), Gerald Ford, and Cyrus Vance (who preceded him as Secretary of the Army and himself was a member of Scroll and Key and in the same year at Yale). Resor's education was interrupted by service as an officer in World War II, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.

After the war he went to work on Wall Street, and was made partner in the prominent Debevoise law firm. In 1965 during the Vietnam War, President Lyndon Johnson appointed him Secretary of the Army and he remained in the position under President Richard Nixon until 1971. In 1984, he was awarded the United States Military Academy's Sylvanus Thayer Award.

Over time he grew critical of U.S. policy regarding nuclear weapons, and was a member of and spokesperson for the Arms Control Association of America in 1997 when it protested NATO expansion into Eastern Europe based on concerns about the reaction of the Russian government to perceived encroachment by NATO.[1]


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Government offices
Preceded by
United States Department of Defense
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Succeeded by
Robert Komer
Military offices
Preceded by
Stephen Ailes
United States Secretary of the Army
July 1965–June 1971
Succeeded by
Robert F. Froehlke


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