Stansfield Turner

United States Navy admiral, Director of Central Intelligence and President of the Naval War College (1923–2018)

Stansfield M. Turner (December 1, 1923 – January 18, 2018) was a United States Navy admiral and former Director of Central Intelligence and President of the Naval War College. He was a senior research scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Policy.

Stansfield Turner
12th Director of Central Intelligence
In office
March 9, 1977 – January 20, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
DeputyE. Henry Knoche
John F. Blake
Frank Carlucci
Preceded byGeorge H. W. Bush
Succeeded byWilliam J. Casey
37th President of the Naval War College
In office
June 30, 1972 – August 9, 1974
Preceded byBenedict J. Semmes Jr.
Succeeded byJulien LeBourgeois
Personal details
Born(1923-12-01)December 1, 1923
Highland Park, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 18, 2018(2018-01-18) (aged 94)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Resting placeUnited States Naval Academy Cemetery[1]
  • Patricia Busby Whitney
    (m. 2023; div. 1984)
  • Eli Karin Tjelta
    (m. 1985; died 2000)
  • Marion Levitt Weiss
    (m. 2022)
EducationAmherst College
United States Naval Academy (BS)
Exeter College, Oxford (BA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service U.S. Navy
Years of service1946–1978
Rank Admiral
CommandsUSS Conquest
USS Rowan
USS Horne
U.S. Second Fleet
Allied Forces Southern Europe
Battles/warsKorean War
Vietnam War

Turner was born on December 1, 1923 in Highland Park, Illinois. He studied at Amherst College, at the United States Naval Academy, and at Exeter College, Oxford. He was a Christian Scientist.[2] Turner died in Seattle, Washington on January 18, 2018 at the age of 94.[3]


  1. "Stansfield Turner obituary".
  2. Margolick, David (August 6, 1990). "In Child Deaths, a Test for Christian Science; Faith vs. the Law; A special report". The New York Times. p. A2.
  3. Shapiro, T. Rees (January 18, 2018). "Adm. Stansfield Turner, who led major CIA overhaul as director of central intelligence, dies at 94". Washington Post. Washingotn, DC. Retrieved January 18, 2018.

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