Frank Pace

For the television writer and producer, see Frank Pace (TV producer).
Frank Pace
3rd United States Secretary of the Army
In office
April 12, 1950  January 20, 1953
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Gordon Gray
Succeeded by Earl D. Johnson
8th Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
February 1, 1949  April 12, 1950
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by James E. Webb
Succeeded by Frederick J. Lawton
Personal details
Born Frank Pace, Jr.
(1912-07-05)July 5, 1912
Little Rock, Arkansas
Died January 8, 1988(1988-01-08) (aged 75)
Greenwich, Connecticut
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Margaret Morris Janney
Children Paula Pace Smith
Priscilla Pace
Penny Pace-Schott
Alma mater Princeton University
Harvard University

Frank Pace, Jr. (July 5, 1912  January 8, 1988) was the 3rd United States Secretary of the Army and a business executive.[1]


Pace (center) with the family of Medal of Honor recipient Cornelius H. Charlton in 1952.

Pace was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. In 1933 he graduated from Princeton University, and in 1936 from Harvard Law School.

Pace entered public service in 1936 as an assistant district attorney in Arkansas. He moved onto the Arkansas Revenue Department in 1938. In 1942 he was commissioned into the United States Army Air Forces as a second lieutenant where he served until 1945 in the Air Transport Command, Army Air Corps, reaching the rank of Major.

After leaving the Army in 1945 he returned to public service as an assistant to the United States Attorney General, then later as executive assistant to the Postmaster General. He then moved in 1948 to the Bureau of the Budget, first as assistant director and then as director.

On April 12, 1950 he was appointed Secretary of the Army, where he served until January 20, 1953. He went on to serve as chief executive officer of General Dynamics Corporation from 1953 until 1962. He was selected as the administrator-designate of the Emergency Transport Agency; part of a secret group created by President Eisenhower in 1958 that would serve in the event of a national emergency that became known as the Eisenhower Ten.

In 1964, Pace joined David Rockefeller to launch the International Executive Service Corps, which was established to help bring about prosperity and stability in developing nations through the growth of private enterprise. Pace went on to serve as president of the IESC.[2]

Pace was the first chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, from 1968 until 1972.

Pace appeared on the cover of Time magazine on January 20, 1958.

Pace worked for the International Executive Service Corps. In the early 1970s he worked for the first Executive Service Corps (ESC) as a Management Support Organization (MSO) in New York.

Pace died of heart attack in Greenwich, Connecticut on January 8, 1988, at the age of 75.

See also


  1. "Frank Pace Jr., Former Secretary Of the Army and Executive, Dies". New York Times. January 10, 1988. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  2. Simon, Leonard S.; Pace, Frank (August 1971). "Corporate Viewpoints: Interviews with Top Managers: Interview with: Frank Pace, Jr.". Interfaces. 1 (6). doi:10.2307/25058828. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
James E. Webb
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Served under: Harry S. Truman

February 1, 1949 April 12, 1950
Succeeded by
Frederick J. Lawton
Government offices
Preceded by
Gordon Gray
United States Secretary of the Army
April 1950 – January 1953
Succeeded by
Robert T. Stevens
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