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WASHINGTON (AP) - Caspar W. Weinberger, a conservative Republican and consummate Cold Warrior who served in the Cabinets of Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and got ensnared in the Iran-Contra scandal, died Tuesday at 88.

Weinberger had been hospitalized for about a week with a high fever and pneumonia brought on by old age, according to his son, Caspar Weinberger Jr. Weinberger's wife of 63 years, Jane, was by his side when he died in the northeast state of Maine, the son said.

"He gave everything to his country, to public office and to his family," Caspar Weinberger Jr. said.

As Richard Nixon's budget director, Weinberger was such a zealous economizer he earned the nickname "Cap the Knife" for his efforts to slash government spending, largely by cutting or curtailing many of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society social programs.

Later, he became Ronald Reagan's secretary of defense and presided over $2 trillion (euro1.66 trillion) in military spending - the biggest peacetime increase in U.S. history.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan said in a statement: "He devoted his life to this country and served with dedication in many capacities over the years. ... His legacy is a strong and free America, and for this and for a lifetime of selfless service, a grateful nation thanks him."

"It's a very sad day," said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Said former Secretary of State Colin Powell: "Cap Weinberger was an indefatigable fighter for peace through strength." Patrick Buchanan, an aide and speechwriter in the Nixon White House, called him "a good friend."

Weinberger was a lifelong Republican, who called himself a "fiscal Puritan" and believed that budgets should always be balanced, first demonstrated his budget-trimming talents in the late 1960s when he helped solve California's budget problems as then-Gov. Reagan's finance director.

His tireless pursuit of Reagan's fiscal policies drew the attention of the Nixon White House and in 1969 Weinberger was recruited to head the Federal Trade Commission, where as chairman he instituted several high-profile reforms. He then moved on to run the president's Office of Management and Budget in 1970.

He also served as Nixon's secretary of health, education and welfare before returning to San Francisco in 1975 as special counsel to the Bechtel Corp., the huge worldwide construction company.

Weinberger was recalled to public service from Bechtel by Reagan.

It was his post as defense secretary that lead to Weinberger's greatest challenge: federal felony charges stemming from his alleged role in the sale of weapons to Iran to finance secret, illegal aid to the Nicaragua Contras. The "arms-for-hostages" affair poisoned the closing years of Reagan's administration, permanently stained the reputations of the insiders involved and cast a cloud over President George H.W. Bush throughout his four-year administration.

In one of the first President Bush's final official acts after his 1992 loss to Bill Clinton, he granted Christmas Eve pardons to Weinberger and five others accused in the scandal.

Weinberger, who was 75 at the time, had been scheduled to stand trial in less than two weeks on charges that he concealed thousands of pages of his handwritten notes from congressional investigators and prosecutors.

He'd earlier rejected independent counsel Lawrence Walsh's plea-bargain offer to testify against his longtime friends and colleagues - including Reagan - and plead guilty to a misdemeanor.

Weinberger had said he was innocent to all the charges and considered the indictment a political attack. Friends said he could have never turned on associates he'd known for decades.

After the pardon was announced, Walsh charged that "the Iran-Contra coverup, which has continued for more than six years, has now been completed."

In 1989, Weinberger, a self-described "frustrated newspaperman," joined Forbes to become the magazine's fourth publisher. In 1993 he was named chairman of Forbes Inc., filling a position that had been vacant since the 1990 death of Malcolm S. Forbes. He endorsed Steve Forbes for president in 1996.

Copyright © 2006 The Associated Press

Published in Baltimore Sun from Mar. 28 to Apr. 2, 2006.
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July 8, 2018
A good man ...
Christopher Johnson
July 8, 2015
god bless caspar Weinberger /jls
john stephan
March 20, 2010
The best years of my life, when Casper Weinberger was in Office. The Best SecDef ever. Godspeed. Robin
Robin Stofko
June 21, 2008
I sorry to hear about your lost and I would like to share with the family a comforting scripture at John11:25" Jesus said I am the resurrction and the life he that exercises faith in me, even though he dies will come to life.
May 25, 2007
Mr. Weingerger:

Though you are no longer around;

however, you are still in my mind

particulary when I remembered

I have selected you to be my

research topic in my political

science course which the professor

assigned to study the newly-formed

Cabinet appointed by the then

President Ronald Reagan.

Though General MacArthur stated,

"Old Soldier never died...

They just faded away...".....

Mr. my mind,

you NEVER faded away!!

May God bless your family and

remain peacefully in HEAVEN.
Daniel Kwong
November 1, 2006
God Bless
Jeff Marietta
October 5, 2006
YOu be a good and decent man. You is gonna be missed.
Keith A Ridley IV
October 4, 2006
Mark Geuy of Murrieta - Casper was a great leader and did a lot for Ronald Reagan
Mark Geuy
October 2, 2006
A good man and a good leader.

God bless you.
Mark Geuy
September 24, 2006
Scott Chamberland
July 25, 2006
My heartfelt condolences on your loss, to you and your family. He was a great American and I am proud that I knew his son. July 4,1984.....
Scan Olsen
April 7, 2006
I was so stunned to find that a particular favourite of mine, Mr. Casper Weinberger, had left us just yesterday. I have very vivid, and fond memories of him, from the time I was 11 years old, when he was in the Nixon administration. I even, at that time, named one of my cat's four kittens after him! ~{we had been memorising all of Pres. Nixon's Cabinet members at school that Spring}~
I will miss him, but think of him now in a happy light, not sad, knowing he is past all ills and pain, and at peace.
May peace and reassurance be with his family, and friends now as well.
Anna Marie
April 5, 2006
This man, the man many called “Cap”, was of character, patriotism, and leadership skills our Nation so critically needs today. Thank you Mr. Weinberger for your service; and may God Bless your soul.
Nick Fortes
April 3, 2006
Thank you to all who have expressed your feelings for my father, Cap Weinberger, and for your concern about our family. Although we miss him greatly already, we'll be just fine in remembering this great patriot and the wonderful legacy he has left us...
Caspar Weinberger, Jr.
April 1, 2006
My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Weinberger and family. It's wonderful to hear they were married for 63 years! That in itself speaks volumes to me about his private life which is so much more than his public life. May God comfort you Mrs. Weinberger at this sorrowful time.
Regina Brewton
March 31, 2006
May God bless Mr. Weinberger's family at this sad time. I hope they find comfort in knowing this great Nation grieves with them. We have lost a wonderful man.
N Wagner
March 31, 2006
March 31, 2006
Mr. Weinberger will be remembered as one of our country's greatest servants. I regret that I never had the chance to personally tell him "Thank You"....maybe he will be able to hear it now! To the family members, I pray that God puts your hearts at peace in the knowledge that Mr.Weinberger is sitting by the throne of our Lord and saviour...
Patricia Cranford
March 30, 2006
May the good Lord grant you eternal rest and peace as you gave this great nation its peace.
J yanez
March 30, 2006
My heart felt sympathy go out to Mr. Weinberger's family. Remember that earth has no sorrow which time and good memories that those deceased have left and imparted to us. At this sad time, remember the good times you shared. May God give you great comfort in your time of sorrow.
John ManoraJr.
March 30, 2006
To the Weinberger family.

Please accept my sympathy for your loss. You have lost a member of your family and so has all americans who served in the military in the 80's. I was humbled at the opportunity to meet the Secretary while I served and am greatful for his contribution to our armed forces. May he rest in peace.
Gordon Despot
March 30, 2006
Sorry to hear that Mr. Weinberger pass away. May God Bless you and your family. Rest in Peace. Mr. Weinberger you will be miss.
Janice Kelly
March 30, 2006
A great loss to our nation! He and Mr Reagan served this country with honor, dignity and integrity and stopped "The Evil Empire" in it's tracks. There is no doubt in my mind that God will look at both men and say "Well Done, my child". Rest in peace, Sir. It was a great honor to serve in the military under you. I salute you, Sir! God Speed!
Ben Howard, MSgt. USAF (Ret)
March 30, 2006
Our country has lost a GREAT AMERICAN. My sympathy goes to all of us.
Patricia Carroll
March 30, 2006
I extend my condolences to an old friend.May GOD rest your soul at hand.
With deepest condolences
Keith A. Ridley,IV
Ridley Funeral Estab.Inc
washington,Dc 20032
Keith Ridley,IV
March 29, 2006
March 29, 2006
A lion and a lamb. Ferocious patriot, fervent idealist, tireless warrior,....caring neighbor, a gentle man. It's been truely an honor to know you Mr. Weinberger. A life well lived.
March 29, 2006
Good man..
March 29, 2006
Rest in peace Mr. Secretary. America has lost one her best.
John Knight
March 29, 2006
God Bless his family and we know that he is at peace with the Lord.
Robert Watkins
March 29, 2006
Weinberger Family,
We, as a nation, have lost a fine gentleman. I remember his dedication in service to these United States.
I extend my condolences to each of you at this difficult time.
Be encouraged and blessed.
Beulah Davis
March 29, 2006
Thomas Widgeon Jr.
March 29, 2006
Rest in peace Sir at your last post in paradise.
Henryk Zaleski (USN-Ret)
March 28, 2006
March 28, 2006
Rest in peace, Mr. Weinberger. Along with our late, great President Ronald Wilson Reagan, you made the world a safer place for all of us and freed millions of people from evil and tyranny. We owe you a debt that can never be repaid. Thank you for your service to our country, and may God watch over you, President Reagan, and the USA.
Robert Cooper
March 28, 2006
To the family of this great man. I served the nation under Secretary Weinberger; it was a proud time to be an American. Our country has lost a great leader and man filled with great integrity. May the good Lord wrap his arms around the family during their time of mourning. Bless you all.
Doug LeMere
March 28, 2006
to the family of the late hon. casper weinberger we have lost a great american god bless
johnny evans
March 28, 2006
To the family of the Hon.Casper Weinberger: He was a great Secretary of Defense during my time in the Military during the 1980's. He has now taken his rest, his work is done and a job well done. May God bless you Sir.
Ricky Cooper
March 28, 2006

Rest in peace Sir. { Mr. Weinberger }.
May the Good Lord watch over help the Weinberger family through this trying time and keep there faith in Him { The Lord }.
March 28, 2006
To The Weinberger family, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Caspar.He was a great American and his service to our country will be remembered with honor.He was a gift and will be missed.
Alex Bromberg
March 28, 2006
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