Frank Charles Carlucci III
October 18, 1930 – June 3, 2018
One can ask little more from life than to live a great story. Frank Carlucci lived a great story. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania to Roxanne and Frank Charles Carlucci, Jr., this grandson of immigrants from southern Italy relentlessly moved through a life marked by extraordinary challenges and great success, following an inner compass of remarkable strength and resolve.
Throughout his storied career Frank was at times a warrior, a diplomat, a senior government executive, and a very successful businessman. Among his accomplishments, he served as U.S. Secretary of Defense and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, both under President Ronald Reagan, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, Ambassador to Portugal, Undersecretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. He spent 15 years as a Foreign Service officer, and he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Princeton University. In all, Frank served under five Presidents. The programs and agencies he managed touched the lives of all Americans, and his accomplishments at each spoke volumes about the quiet confidence he brought to every assignment.
A story about Frank in the aftermath of his service in the Congo says much about the unassuming man he was. The Congolese prime minister opened a meeting at the White House with President Kennedy by asking, “Where is Carlucci?” President Kennedy reportedly replied ‘Who the hell is Carlucci?'” before dispatching Secretary of State Dean Rusk to find the man who was content to do the job well while staying in the background.
During his illustrious business career Frank was chairman and CEO of Sears World Trade, Inc., and Managing Director, Chairman, and Chairman Emeritus of the Carlyle Group.
Among his many awards and honors he took particular quiet pride in being awarded the Gra Cruz da Ordem do Infante by the President of Portugal, honoring his contributions to preserving democracy while ambassador to Portugal. The Carlucci American School in Lisbon still bears his name.
At his swearing in ceremony as Secretary of Defense, President Reagan remarked “ A few years back, when all the experts were telling him differently, Frank persevered in supporting democracy in Portugal. And due in no small part to this personal commitment, today that nation is free and strong, and it set an example for democratic progress elsewhere in the world. That sort of grit has to come from something very deep in a person.” Indeed it did. For those who witnessed his fierce competitiveness as a wrestler, and later on the tennis court, a trait he never lost, it should come as no surprise to know that the drive to succeed and excel was with him from birth. In his youth he developed both intellectual and athletic prowess, and a sense of responsibility and humility that defined his life. He graduated cum laude from Wyoming Seminary Prep School, where he waited tables, worked in the kitchen, and was voted best athlete. He went on to wrestle at Princeton, graduating in 1952, embarking on a remarkable career.
Frank was a private person who endured more than enjoyed many of the social obligations that are inherent in the life he led. But he treasured the company of good friends, reveled in the love of his family, and took his greatest pleasure in his grandchildren, Joey, Marina, Anna, Amelia, Charlotte and Greyson.
Perhaps the most fitting tribute to Frank’s life can be found in the words of Senator Sam Nunn, “Every young person interested in a career in government should study his long record of accomplishments. For he has set a very high example for all those dedicated to serving the public good.”
Frank is survived by his wife Marcia Myers Carlucci, three children, Frank Charles Carlucci IV, Karen Romano, and Kristin Carlucci Weed, six grandchildren and his sister, Joan Kleinrock.
As he leaves, a line from Kipling rings true, “if you can walk with the crowds and keep your virtue or walk with Kings -nor lose the common touch.” This was Frank Carlucci.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Interment Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 1 p.m. Please enter through the Memorial Gate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Carlucci American International School, C/O American International Schools Foundation, PO Box 5910, Princeton, NJ 08543-5910.
Online condolences may be made at www.murphyfuneralhomes.com
Carlucci American International School
In care of American International Schools Foundation PO Box 5910 , Princeton, NJ 08543-5910
- Funeral Service Tuesday, June 26, 2018
- Interment Tuesday, June 26, 2018
- Celebration of Life Wednesday, June 27, 2018
- Memorial Service Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Frank Charles Carlucci III
July 6, 2018
I'm a US Navy veteran. I had the opportunity to serve Mr. Carlucci during his tenure as Sec. Of Defense. One of the greatest memories ever happened on my transfer date from the Washington area. As i boarded the plane at Regan National going to my seat, someone asked me where was i headed, when i turned to see who it was it was Mr. Carlucci. I explained to him that i had been transferred to the 7th Fleet, San Diego. He was in First Class, he then asked me to have a seat. Shocked, but i couldn't refuse. When the stewardess passed by asked if i was in the right seat. Mr. Carlucci said to her it's alright he's with me. That January day 1991 is one of the greatest memories of my military career. I didn't even think he knew me, there were so many of us working in the Sec Def Mess in the E-Ring. Also my first time in First Class thanks to Mr. Carlucci. A really special humanitarian. Rest in Peace. Very proud to have served under you.
John A. Svahn
June 20, 2018
Dear Marcia, it was with great sadness that I learned of Frank's passing. From our early days at HEW through the years in the White House, Frank was the guy I tried to emulate. His devotion to duty was second to none. He was a really fine person. May he rest in peace.
June 16, 2018
It is with profound sadness and grief that Gabriella and I just learned of Frank's passing away.
Be assured about our deep closeness to you, the children and all family members in this most arduous period of mourning.
Please count on us for any assistance you might need.
All America knows Frank has faithfully served his Country with passion, highest honour, perseverance and dedication!
He inspired awe and galvanised so many people with his special strength and wisdom, crystal-clear guidance, unfailing integrity, acumen and laser-focused sharpness.
I have been with great pride one among them for nearly 40 years, starting from a beautiful day of Spring in New York when Frank asked me, a young banker, to join him in Washington for a thrilling private business... he was at first my boss, then soon a father figure, later and with great privilege, a business partner, a great friend.
His smile of empathy, his energetic blue gaze, his gravitas and unique way of being both stainless-steal powerful and heartfelt human will never cease to inspire both my work and my life.
May his soul rest in the Peace of the Righteous.
With our most affectionate condolences,
Joël André Ornstein
June 14, 2018
Sincere condolences on Frank's passing. He was one of the most gifted and effective leaders I ever encountered. My time with you both at HEW was a highlight of my career. And Joan and I treasured our social friendship and doubles tennis matches with you thereafter. He will be long remembered for all his contributions to our nation.
June 7, 2018
With heavy heart and numerous fond memories, I say farewell to an exceptional public servant, friend, and tennis companion of 50 years. He contributed greatly to our country and to me personally.
June 7, 2018
Frank Carlucci earned the profound, professional respect of citizens, peers,
and world leaders. "The elements mixed in him so that nature might rise up and say to all the world: this was a man!"
June 7, 2018
So appreciate of the sacrifices and true patriotism of Frank Carlucci..and Marcia, too. These were the godparents of my own overseas career in federal service! Appreciative beyond measure of the mentorship and support of this McLean girl who spent time with this duo as a teen and young adult. Prayers for Frank.. Grandkids and his own children, Karen, Frank and Kristen and of course sweet Marcia. Love, love, love..Missy Klopfer
Dr. Ron Klar
June 6, 2018
Secretary Carlucci was an inspiration for me while we were both at the Department of Health, Education & Welfare during the early 1970s. The intellect, insight, and devotion to principle and purpose he exhibited was exhilarating. He taught me an immense amount, both directly and indirectly. He was simultaneously strong and modest -- how uncommon. And his uncompromising loyalty upward to Secretary Weinberger, and downward to his staff, was obvious and profound. I have posted and cherished his inscribed photos to me all these years and often reflect on how good and effective government service was in those days. He was an exceptional leader. I was also fortunate to have received the benefit of his good counsel on numerous occasions over the twenty years that followed, including during his tenure at Carlyle – he was always welcoming and evidenced a genuine interest in and willingness to assist me. He was an exceptional man. I will always remember him. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
June 4, 2018
Com amizade ,
Sentidas condolências, fica a lembrança a saudade ,
Pedro Lobo Alexandre