Robert Frederick Froehlke

ROBERT FREDERICK FROEHLKE was born in Neenah, Wisconsin, on 15 October 1922; attended high school at Marshfield, Wisconsin; enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, served in the Infantry in the European Theater, and left the service as a captain, 1946; attended the University of Wisconsin Law School and received his degree in 1949; married Nancy Barnes; practiced law in Madison, Wisconsin, in the firm of MacDonald and MacDonald, 1949–1950; became a member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Law School, 1950–1951; joined the legal department and moved up through the corporate structure of the Sentry Insurance Company of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 1951–1969; served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Administration, 30 January 1969–30 June 1971; was assigned responsibility for all Department of Defense intelligence resources and was chairman of the Defense Investigative Review Council; served as Secretary of the Army, 1 July 1971–4 May 1973; under his direction the remaining Army troops were redeployed from Vietnam, recruiting was converted to an all-volunteer basis, the administration of the Ryukyu Islands was terminated, the Civil Defense administrative role was relinquished, and Army biological warfare facilities were closed in conformance with international agreements; resigned in 1973 to resume his association with the Sentry Corporation, 1973–1979, as president; was president of the Health Insurance Association of America, 1975–1980; was president of the American Council of Life Insurance, 1980–1982; was chairman of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, 1982–1987; became president and chief executive officer of the IDS Mutual Fund Group in 1987.

The Artist

Everett Raymond Kinstler (1926– ) studied at the Art Students League in New York and spent the first dozen years of his career as an illustrator before turning to portraiture in 1955. His portraits of public officials, both civil and military, hang in several government departments in the nation’s capital, and he painted the official portrait of President Gerald R. Ford. A member of a number of art societies and a recipient of several awards, he is the author of Painting Portraits (1971) and illustrator of several other books. He maintains a studio in New York City.


Portrait, Robert Frederick Froehlke

Nixon Administration
By Everett Raymond Kinstler
Oil on canvas, 39½" x 33½", 1973

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