William Verity, Jr.
|C. William Verity|
|U.S. Secretary of Commerce Verity 1987|
|27th United States Secretary of Commerce|
|Preceded by||Malcolm Baldrige, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Robert Mosbacher|
|Born||Calvin William Verity, Jr.
January 26, 1917
Middletown, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||January 3, 2007
Beaufort, South Carolina, U.S.
|Resting place||Woodside Cemetery, Middletown, Ohio, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret "Peggy" Wymond Verity (b. 1917 - d. 1999)|
|Children||Peggy V. Power
Jonathan G. Verity
William W. Verity
|Alma mater||Choate Rosemary Hall, Connecticut, U.S.|
Calvin William Verity, Jr. (January 26, 1917 – January 3, 2007) was a U.S. administrator and steel industrialist. He served as the Secretary of Commerce between 1987 and 1989, under President Ronald Reagan.
Early life and education
The born was a native of Middletown, Ohio, on January 26, 1917, to son of Calvin William Verity, Sr. and Elizabeth (O'Brien) Verity. He roomed with John F. Kennedy at Choate, a Connecticut boarding school, starting a friendship with the future president.
Secretary of Commerce
Between 1980 and 1981, Verity was a chairman in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 1981, he served as chairman of Reagan's bipartisan task force on Private Sector Initiatives (PSI). In 1983, he was appointed to be a member of PSI's Advisory Council and later served on PSI's Board of Advisors. Between 1979 and 1984, he co-chaired the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Trade Economic Council, a private sector council of American and Soviet businessmen.
During Verity's time at the U.S. Department of Commerce, he established the Commerce Hall of Fame in 1988 to honor good employees of the department. In 1988, he also created the Office of Space Commerce to support the National Space Council. That office was an early version of the Office of Space Commercialization, an office created to promote the effective commercial use of outer space. According to Jonathan Chait of The New Republic, Verity kept a passage from Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged on his desk, including the line "How well you do your work . . . [is] the only measure of human value."
Verity's wife, the former Margaret Wymond Verity known as Peggy, and had two sons and a daughter together, (Peggy Verity Power, Jonathan George Verity and William Wymond Verity).
He died on January 3, 2007, a complications of pneumonia, in Beaufort, South Carolina, at the age of 89. His wife, Peggy Verity died on Wednesday, January 20, 1999, at age 81. He is interred in Woodside Cemetery, Middletown, Ohio.
- Steve LeVine, The Oil and the Glory, Random House, 2007.
- "C. William Verity Jr. -- Former Commerce Secretary, 89". New York Times 6 Jan. 2007, late ed.: A16.
- Chait Jonathan (2009-09-14) Wealthcare, The New Republic
- "C. William Verity Jr., Former Commerce Secretary, 89, Dies". New York Times. 2007-01-06.
|U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Ronald Reagan
October 19, 1987 – January 30, 1989