McDermott, Robert F., 1920-2006

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Air Force officer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Robert Francis McDermott : oral history, 1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122411671

Robert F. McDermott was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1920. He graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1937 and attended Norwich University for two years before entering West Point. He graduated West Point in 1943 and served as a fighter pilot in the Zone of Interior until being transferred to the European Theater of Operations. After World War II, McDermott served as a personnel staff officer in Headquarters USAF. He then attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration where he earned his MBA. McDermott was then assigned as an instructor in the Department of Social Science at West Point where he taught for four years, wrote several books relating to finance, and was promoted to Colonel. In 1956, he was appointed first permanent professor of USAFA and first permanent Dean of Faculty in 1959. He introduced major changes in the academic programs offered at USAFA which resulted in obtaining accreditation of the Academy before the first class graduated. He remained at USAFA until his retirement in 1968 when he joined USAA to become its Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, USAA grew from the 16th to the 5th largest insurer of private automobiles in the nation and the nation's 4th largest homeowner insurer. He was also very active in the San Antonio, Texas community where he lived and founded the Texas Research and Technology Foundation. General McDermott received many honors during his lifetime including having academic chairs established in his honor at both USAFA and West Point and having the USAFA library named for him. He suffered a stroke at the age of 86 and died in 2006 in San Antonio.

From the description of Robert F. McDermott collection, 1938-2005. (US Air Force Academy). WorldCat record id: 716312400

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referencedIn Biography -- McDermott, Robert F. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1971. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Ringenbach, Paul T. Ringenbach collection, 1954-2006. US Air Force Academy, McDermott Library
creatorOf McDermott, Robert Francis, 1920-. Reminiscences of Robert Francis McDermott : oral history, 1981. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McDermott, Robert F., 1920-2006. Robert F. McDermott collection, 1938-2005. US Air Force Academy, McDermott Library
referencedIn Education -- McDermott Elementary School. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. PRESIDENT KENNEDY DELIVERS 1963 AFA GRADUATION ADDRESS
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. BRIGADIER GENERAL MCDERMOTT'S RETIREMENT, AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. KING OF THAILAND VISITS COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, 9-12 JULY 1960
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1971. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. SUPPORT TO USAFA (COLONEL ROBIN OLDS AT AWARDS CEREMONY), COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. GENERAL CARL SPAATZ RECEIVES USAFA'S THOMAS D. WHITE AWARD, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. PRESIDENT KENNEDY VISITS AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
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associatedWith Leach, W. Barton (Walter Barton), 1900- person
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associatedWith Ringenbach, Paul T. person
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Automobile industry and trade
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Birth 1920-07-31

Death 2006-08-28

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