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Robert McFarlane, Reagan National Security Advisor, Involved in Iran-Contra Affair, Dies

Robert McFarlane, a 1959 Annapolis graduate who rose to become former President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor, died Thursday at 84.

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McFarlane lived in Washington but was visiting family in Michigan at the time of his death, according to a New York Times report. The report added that family friend Bill Greener said McFarlane’s death stemmed from an unspecified previous lung condition.

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Robert Carl McFarlane was born in Washington on July 12, 1937, and was the son of Democratic congressman William McFarlane from the Texas Panhandle. He married his high school girlfriend, Jonda Riley, after graduating from the Naval Academy and joining the Marines Corp. Captain McFarlane reportedly led one of the first combat missions in Vietnam.

He was arguably best known for his involvement in the Iran-Contra

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