Alexander Haig Dead At Age 85
February 20, 2010
He passed after being admitted to John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, after contracting an infection, and the death was attributed to complications from that infection.
Haig had an extensive political and military past.
He worked as Supreme Chief of NATO forced under both presidents Gerald Ford, and as Chief of Staff under Richard Nixon.
He was known best for attempting to assert control after Ronald Regan fell victim to an assassination attempt, leading to strain between the former conservative president and himself.
Many people began to refer to Haig as the “37 1/2 President of the United States”.
President Obama released a statement this morning, saying Haig “exemplified our finest warrior-diplomat tradition of those who dedicate their lives to public service.”
Haig is survived by his family: wife Patricia; his brother Reverend Francis R. Haig; children Brian, Barbara, and Alexander; and his eight grandchildren.