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William J. Baroody Sr. (J anuary 29, 1916 - J uly 29, 1980) was an American political figure. He was president
of the American Enterprise Institute from 1962 to 1978.
Baroody joined the American Enterprise Association
in 1954 as executive vice president. Upon his retirement as president of the AEI he was succeeded by his son,
William J . Baroody J r., a former aide in the Ford White House.
Born in Manchester, New Hampshire to Lebanese immigrants of Greek Catholic descent, Baroody graduated
from St. Anselm College in 1936, working odd jobs to help pay his way through school. After finishing college
he joined the New Hampshire Unemployment Compensation Agency. During World War II, he joined the New
Hampshire War Finance Committee and then served in the US Navy as a lieutenant. After the war he was
employed by the Veterans Administration. From 1950 to 1953, he was an official of the U.S. Chamber of
As a layman, he was active in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the Uniat offshoot of the Greek Orthodox
Church of Antioch, one of the oldest churches in the world.
During his career Baroody championed conservative political and social views on many issues. He served as
principal adviser of Barry Goldwater when the Arizona senator was the 1964 Republican Party presidential
Baroody was also was a friend and confidante to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and other
Republican politicians.



Smith, J . Y. (J uly 30, 1980). "W. J . Baroody, Ex-AEI Chief, Adviser to Nixon, Ford, Dies". The Washington
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Preceded by
Allen D. Marshall
President of the American Enterprise
Succeeded by
William J. Baroody Jr.
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