Tracy Voorhees

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Tracy Stebbins Voorhees
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Under Secretary of the Army (c. 1949)
Born(1890-06-30)June 30, 1890
New Brunswick, New Jersey
DiedSeptember 25, 1974(1974-09-25) (aged 84)
Brooklyn, New York
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1942–1952
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Battles/warsWorld War II
Spouse(s)Josephine Ludlow Palmer
Other work

Tracy Stebbins Voorhees (June 30, 1890 – September 25, 1974) served as Under Secretary of the United States Army from August 1949 to April 1950. He held numerous positions within the U.S. Government as a civilian. A practicing attorney, Voorhees, with the Judge Advocate General's Department, he served as part of the Surgeon General's office in the European and Pacific theatres during World War II. After the War, he served in various positions in the Defense Department.


Tracy Voorhees was born on June 30, 1890 in New Brunswick, New Jersey; graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. degree in 1911 and an M.A. degree in 1914; received an LL.B. degree from Columbia Law School in 1915; was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1915, and the New York bar in 1918.[1]

He became a member of the law firm of Satterlee, Canfield and Stone in New York in 1917. He served as assistant to the Director, Bureau of Imports, War Trade Board in 1918. He was practicing attorney as a member of the firm of Ewing, Alley and Voorhees from 1919 to 1928 and member of the firm Blake and Voorhees from 1929 to 1942.[2] He served as president of Long Island College Hospital from 1936 to 1944.[3]

He was a commissioned colonel in the United States Army, posted to the Judge Advocate General's Department in 1942 and detailed to the Surgeon General's Office as Director of the Legal Division,[4] serving in the European, China-Burma-India, and Pacific Theaters of Operation. He was special assistant to the Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson in 1946. As a civilian he was special assistant to Secretaries of War Patterson and Kenneth C. Royall, served as the War Department's Food Administrator for Occupied Areas, from 1947–1948 and served as Assistant Secretary of the Army, from 17 June 1948 to 21 August 1949.

He served as Under Secretary of the Army, from 22 August 1949 to 24 April 1950. He was vice chairman of the Committee on Present Danger from 1951 to 1953, Department of Defense Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with rank of minister and the director for offshore procurement in Europe for the Secretary of Defense from 1953 to 1954. He was a consultant to the Secretary of Defense from 1954 to 1961, was chairman, President's Committee for Hungarian Refugee Relief from 1956 1957 and served as the President's Personal Representative for Cuban Refugees, from 1960 to 1961. He was vice chairman of the board of Rutgers University from 1959 to 1965. He died in Brooklyn, New York. His papers are preserved in Special Collections and University Archives in the Alexander Library of Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick.


Voorhees' awards include Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Award for Distinguished Public Service, and Army Distinguished Civilian Service Award.[3]

In 1974 the Board of Governors of Rutgers University renamed Rutgers' Neilson Campus in New Brunswick "Voorhees Campus" (currently "Voorhees Mall") after Tracy Voorhees.

The 5.25-acre (21,200 m2) Van Voorhees Park in Brooklyn, New York is named in honor of Tracy Voorhees and his family.[3]

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  1. ^ "Tracy Stebbins Voorhees". Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  2. ^ "Tracy S. Voorhees Dead at 84; Was Assistant Army Secretary". The New York Times. 1974-09-26. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  3. ^ a b c "Van Voorhees Park". New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  4. ^ Armfield, Blanche B. (1963). "Chapter 5: The Wadhmam Committee Investigation". Organization and Administration in World II. Medical Department United States Army in World War II. Washington, D.C.: United States Army. Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army. p. 162. Retrieved 2008-09-28.


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Government offices
Preceded by Assistant Secretary of the Army
June 17, 1948 – August 21, 1949
Succeeded by
Preceded by United States Under Secretary of the Army
August 1949 – April 1950
Succeeded by