McGeorge Bundy (1919-1996)

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Distinguished former U.S. national security adviser and Arms Control Association (ACA) board member McGeorge Bundy died in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 16,1996. He was 77.

Born in Boston in 1919, and a 1940 graduate of Yale University, Bundy was named the dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Harvard University at age 32. In 1961, he left Harvard for Washington to join the administration of President John F. Kennedy as national security adviser. In this position, he played a key role in the Cuban missile crisis, early decisions on Vietnam, new defense policies and negotiation of the Limited Test Ban Treaty.

After Kennedy's death in 1963, Bundy continued to serve as national security adviser to President Lyndon B. Johnson until December 1965. During this period he played an important role in the formulation of policies that led to the subsequent negotiation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In March 1966, Bundy became president of the Ford Foundation, a position he held until 1979, where he engaged the foundation in extensive support for arms control activities, including the Ford-MITRE study group, whose report, Nuclear Power Issues and Choices, had a major influence on the Carter administration's nuclear power and non-proliferation policies. …