Joseph A. Doyle

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Joseph Anthony Doyle
United States
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
In office
December 1979 – January 1981
Preceded by Edward Hidalgo
Succeeded by John S. Herrington
Personal details
Born (1920-06-13)June 13, 1920
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Died April 4, 2014(2014-04-04) (aged 93)
New York City, New York
Alma mater Georgetown University
Occupation Lawyer
Awards Navy Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Cross
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1941-1945
Rank Lieutenant
Battles/wars World War II

Joseph Anthony Doyle (June 13, 1920 – April 4, 2014) was a lawyer who was United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from 1979 to 1981.


Joseph A. Doyle was born in New York City. He was educated at Georgetown University, receiving a B.S. in 1941. Doyle then served in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1945, and from 1943 to 1945, he was a naval aviator based on the USS Enterprise (CV-6). He was awarded the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Cross.

Upon leaving the Navy in 1945, Doyle enrolled at Columbia Law School and received his LL.B. in 1947. He joined the law firm of Shearman & Sterling, becoming a partner in 1956.

President of the United States Jimmy Carter nominated Doyle as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) on December 12, 1979. He held this post for the rest of the Carter Administration, leaving government service in January 1981, at which time he returned to Shearman & Sterling.

Personal life[edit]

Doyle's wife is Dr. Eugenie F. Doyle, a retired professor of pediatrics and director of the division of pediatric cardiology at the New York University Medical Center. Together, they have five children: Chris, Steve, Eugenie,[1] Jane,[2] and Richard.[3]


Doyle died on April 4, 2014 at his home in New York. He was 93.[4]


Government offices
Preceded by
Edward Hidalgo
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
December 1979 – January 1981
Succeeded by
John S. Herrington