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John Patrick White (February 27, 1937 – September 3, 2017) was an American university professor and a government official who served in the Clinton Administration.

John P. White
John P. White, official DoD portrait.JPEG
United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
In office
June 22, 1995 – July 15, 1997
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJohn M. Deutch
Succeeded byJohn J. Hamre
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness
In office
May 11, 1977 – October 31, 1978
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byFrank A. Shrontz
Succeeded byRobert B. Pirie, Jr.
Personal details
John Patrick White

(1937-02-27)February 27, 1937
Syracuse, New York
DiedSeptember 3, 2017(2017-09-03) (aged 80)
Great Falls, Virginia
Alma materSyracuse University (Ph.D.)
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1959–1961
RankFirst Lieutenant
for the American labor leader see John Phillip White

Life and careerEdit

White was born in Syracuse, New York.[1] He was the Robert and Renee Belfer Lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[2]

He served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1995 to 1997, as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1978 to 1981, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics from 1977 to 1978, and as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1961. He has twice been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.[2]

Prior to his most recent government service, he was the Director of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University and the Chairman of the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces.[2]

His extensive private-sector experience included service as Chairman and CEO of Interactive Systems Corporation from 1981 to 1988 and, following its sale to the Eastman Kodak Company in 1988, as General Manager of the Integration and Systems Products Division and as a Vice President of Kodak until 1992. In nine years with the RAND Corporation, he was the Senior Vice President for National Security Research Programs and a member of the Board of Trustees. He was also a Senior Fellow at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[citation needed]

White served as a director of L-3 Communications Corporation, IRG International, Inc., and the Institute for Defense Analyses, as well as the Concord Coalition and Center for Excellence in Government. He was also a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation, and the Policy and Global Affairs Oversight Committee of the National Research Council.[citation needed]

White graduated from Cornell University in 1959 with a B.S. in industrial and labor relations. In 1964 he received an M.A. in economics and public administration from Syracuse University, and in 1969 a Ph.D. in labor economics from there.

White died at an assisting living center in Great Falls, Virginia from complications of Parkinson's disease on September 3, 2017 at the age of 80.[3]


  1. ^ Services, U. S. Congress Senate Committee on Armed (1 January 1977). "Nominations of John Patrick White and Percy Anthony Pierre, Heaing... 95th Congress, 1st session..." – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c "John White". Faculty & Staff Directory. Harvard Kennedy School - John F Kennedy School of Government. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  3. ^ Bart Barnes (September 6, 2017). "John P. White, deputy secretary of defense in Clinton administration, dies at 80". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 6, 2017.

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