Alfred B. Fitt

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Alfred Bradley Fitt (1923–1992) was a United States lawyer who served as General Counsel of the Army from 1964 to 1967, as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs from 1967 to 1969, and as general counsel of the Congressional Budget Office from 1975 to 1992.


Alfred B. Fitt was born in Highland Park, Illinois on April 12, 1923.[1] He was educated at Yale University, receiving a B.A. in 1946.[1] He then attended the University of Michigan Law School, received a J.D. in 1948.[1] He was admitted to the bar of 1948.[1]

In 1948, Fitt became an associate at the Detroit law firm of Lewis & Watkins.[1] He became a partner in the firm in 1952. In 1954, he left Lewis & Watkins to become a legal adviser to Governor of Michigan G. Mennen Williams.[1] In 1960, he moved to Washington, D.C. to become associate counsel of the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.[1] In 1961, he became chief counsel of the Special Committee on FAA Procedures.[1]

Later in 1961, Fitt joined the United States Department of the Army as Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Manpower.[1] He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civil Rights as 1963 to 1964.[1] From 1964 to 1967, he served as General Counsel of the Army.[1] He was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs from October 9, 1967 to February 20, 1969.[2]

Fitt left government service in 1969, becoming President of Yale Kingman Brewster, Jr.'s special assistant for community and alumni affairs.[3]

Fitt left Yale in 1975 to become general counsel of the Congressional Budget Office, a position he would hold for the next seventeen years.[4]

Fitt died on July 7, 1992, at the age of 69.[4]

Fitt married twice. His second wife, born Lois Dickson (b. 1933), married Fitt after divorcing Emmett J. Rice, making Fitt the stepfather of Susan Rice.[5]

Works by Alfred B. Fitt[edit]

  • "The National Guard and Civil Disturbance", City (August/September 1970), pp. 41–43.
  • "The Buckley Amendment: Understanding It, Living with It," The College Board Review, No. 96, Summer 1975, 2 & 3
  • Social Security Benefits for Students (1977).
  • "In Search of a Just Outcome", Change, Vol. 9, No. 10 (Oct., 1977), pp. 22–25, 59.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Lyndon Baines Johnson Library Oral History Collection, Interview with Alfred B. Fitt, 1968
  2. ^ Department of Defense Key Officials, p. 44
  3. ^ Yale University Library Finding Aid on Alfred B. Fitt
  4. ^ a b "Alfred B. Fitt Dies; Counsel to Congressional Budget Office", Washington Post, July 9, 1992
  5. ^ Susan Rice's Genealogy on rootsweb
Government offices
Preceded by
Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
General Counsel of the Army
1964 – 1967
Succeeded by
Robert E. Jordan III