Sylvester R. Foley Jr.

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Sylvester R. Foley, Jr.
ADM Sylvester Foley.JPEG
Nickname(s) Bob
Born (1928-09-19) September 19, 1928 (age 88)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1950–1985[1]
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands held Seventh Fleet
U.S. Pacific Fleet
U.S. Atlantic Command
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
French Legion of Honor
Order of the Rising Sun

Sylvester Robert "Bob" Foley Jr. (born September 19, 1928) is a retired four star admiral in the United States Navy who served as Commander in Chief Pacific from 1982 to 1985. He was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1950.[2]

After graduating as a member of the United States Naval Academy's Class of 1950, Foley served in the Navy for 35 years. Foley quickly rose through the ranks and held several operational commands during his distinguished naval career, including serving as commander of the US Seventh Fleet and commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet.

Foley retired from the Navy in 1985, at which point he served as President Ronald Reagan's assistant secretary of energy for defense programs, where he had responsibility for the nation's nuclear weapons complex.[3]

In 1988, Foley entered the private sector and was named president of the Advanced Technology Group at ICF Kaiser Engineers. In 1991, he joined the Raytheon Company, where he served as vice president of marketing, president of Raytheon Japan, and vice president of Asian operations.

After retiring from Raytheon, Foley served as a consultant to the departments of defense and energy and was a member of President George W. Bush's energy transition team.

In 2003, Foley was appointed the University of California's vice president for laboratory management. In his role, Foley has responsibility for the university's oversight and management at three national laboratories: Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Lawrence Berkeley.[4]

Foley earned a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University in 1968. Additionally, Foley graduated from the Naval War College in 1968 and was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air War College. During his years of service, Foley was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the US Navy Distinguished Service Medal, French Legion of Honor, Japan Order of the Rising Sun (First Class), and the Secretary of Energy's Gold Medal for Distinguished Service.


  1. ^ "About Us - HT - DGA Bio - Foley". 1941-12-07. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  2. ^ Recommissioning USS New Jersey (BB-62), 28 December 1982, Long Beach Naval ... - United States. Navy Dept - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-08-03 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ Admiral S. Robery Foley, Jr. United States Navy, Retired (pdf), Aspen Institute, July 28, 2010, retrieved March 29, 2011 
  4. ^ Christ Harrington (October 20, 2003). "Robert Foley named UC Vice President for Laboratory Management". University of California. Retrieved March 29, 2011.