Michael Patrick William Stone

MICHAEL PATRICK WILLIAM STONE, the only foreign-born Secretary of the Army, was born in London, England, on 2 June 1925; has resided in the United States since 1929; served with the British Royal Navy, 1943–1945, received pilot training in the United States, and served in the Mediterranean and Far East as a member of the Royal Naval Air Squadron 1831, which completed its World War II service by participating in the surrender of the Japanese forces at Rabaul, New Guinea, in September 1945; graduated from Yale University in 1948; studied law at New York University Law School; married Ann Donogh, 1952; was a founding partner of Sterling International, a paper marketing and manufacturing company in San Francisco in the early 1950’s; was vice president of that company and president of several of its subsidiaries including Sterling Vineyards, 1960–1982; was the Director of the U.S. Mission for the Agency for International Development (AID) in Cairo, Egypt, 1982–1985; was involved in implementing the Kissinger Commission recommendations in the Caribbean Basin Initiative countries, 1985–1986; was Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management, 1986–1988, and cochaired the Army’s Commission to Implement the Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 (Goldwater-Nichols), resulting in the most sweeping changes to the Army in years; served concurrently as the Acting Under Secretary of the Army from 28 February to 23 May 1988; was Under Secretary of the Army and Army Acquisition Executive, 1988–1989; simultaneously performed the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition from 13 May 1989 until 10 August 1989; was sworn in as the fifteenth Secretary of the Army on 14 August 1989; under his direction the Army participated in Operations Just Cause (Panama) and Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Southwest Asia); during his tenure the Cold War victory was finally achieved and the Army reshaped itself for the post-Cold War era.

The Artist

John Boyd Martin (1936–) graduated from the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts and began his career as an advertising art director and illustrator, winning more than 150 awards for his work before turning to portraiture. Commissioned by major universities, professional sports franchises, business institutions, and private collections, his portraits include golfers Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus; the former CEO of General Dynamics, David Lewis; the former Director of the FAA, Allan McArtor; and the President of Trinity University, Dr. Ronald Calgaard.


Portrait, Michael Patrick William Stone

Bush Administration
By John Boyd Martin
Oil on canvas, 42" x 35", 1992

page created 12 March 2001

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