Stanley Resor
1st Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
In office
August 14, 1978 – April 1, 1979
PresidentJimmy Carter
SecretaryHarold Brown
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byRobert Komer
9th United States Secretary of the Army
In office
July 2, 1965 – June 30, 1971
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon
Preceded byStephen Ailes
Succeeded byRobert F. Froehlke
12th United States Under Secretary of the Army
In office
April 1965 – July 1965
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byPaul Ignatius
Succeeded byDavid E. McGiffert
Personal details
Stanley Rogers Resor

(1917-12-05)December 5, 1917
New York, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 17, 2012(2012-04-17) (aged 94)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Jane Pillsbury
(m. 1942⁠–⁠1994)
Louise Mead
(m. 1999⁠–⁠2012)
EducationYale University (BA, LLB)
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1942–1946
RankLieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsSilver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart

Stanley Rogers Resor (December 5, 1917 – April 17, 2012) was an American lawyer, military officer, and government official.[1][2]

Early life and education

Born in New York City, he was the son of Helen Lansdowne Resor and Stanley B. Resor (pronounced REE-zor), president of the J. W. Thompson advertising agency and one of the originators of the modern advertising industry. While still a teenager he changed his name from Stanley Burnet Resor Jr. to Stanley Rogers Resor.[3]

After attending the Groton School, Resor attended Yale University, where he was tapped to join Scroll and Key. He graduated in 1939 and 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 Army officer in World War II (1942–1946), where he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.


After the war, Resor went to work on Wall Street, and was made partner in the prominent Debevoise & Plimpton 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.

During the 1970s he served[4] as US ambassador to the MBFR (mutual and balanced force reduction) talks in Vienna, held between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. 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.[5] He returned to Debevoise & Plimpton after he left government service and retired in 1991.

Personal life

Resor married Jane Pillsbury of the Pillsbury family in 1942 in a ceremony attended by John F. Kennedy and Cyrus Vance. They had seven sons. After Jane's death in 1994 he married Louise Mead Resor in 1999.[3]


  1. ^ Bell, William Gardner (1992). ""Stanley Rogers Resor"". Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Army: Portraits and Biographical Sketches. United States Army Center of Military History. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  2. ^ Obituary Archived 2013-01-04 at
  3. ^ a b Shapiro, T. Rees (April 20, 2012). "Stanley R. Resor, 94: Served as Army secretary during the Vietnam War". Washington Post.
  4. ^ Personal meeting with Resor in late 1980s, Chalmers Hardenbergh, editor of the Arms Control Reporter. Thomas Graham, Disarmament Sketches, 2002.
  5. ^ "OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT - The Eisenhower Institute, Washington, D.C." Archived from the original on 2003-01-22.
Government offices Preceded byPaul Robert Ignatius United States Under Secretary of the Army April 1965 – July 1965 Succeeded byDavid E. McGiffert Preceded byStephen Ailes United States Secretary of the Army July 1965 – June 1971 Succeeded byRobert F. Froehlke Preceded by-- United States Department of DefenseUnder Secretary of Defense for Policy 1978–1979 Succeeded byRobert Komer