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Charles Duncan, Jr. (1979–1981) - Secretary of Energy

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Charles Duncan Jr. was born in Houston, Texas, in 1926 and attended Rice University. He began his career in the Air Force, moving on to become a businessman.

Duncan served as the president of Duncan Foods Co. from 1958 to 1964 and as president of the Coca-Cola Co. from 1971 to 1974. From 1977 to 1979, he was the deputy secretary of defense. Duncan served in the cabinet of President Jimmy Carter as secretary of energy from 1979 to 1981.

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Consulting Editor

Robert A. Strong

Professor Strong is the William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He is also an associate editor of the White House Studies journal and has worked on the Presidential Oral History program at the Miller Center. His writings include:

Working in the World: Jimmy Carter and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Louisiana State University Press, 2000)

Decisions and Dilemmas: Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policy Making (M.E. Sharpe, 2005)