Lyman Kirkpatrick

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Person.png Lyman Kirkpatrick  Rdf-icon.png
Born Lyman Bickford Kirkpatrick
July 15, 1916
Rochester, New York, US
Died March 3, 1995 (Age 78)
Spouse Rita Kirkpatrick

Employment.png Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

In office
April 1962 - 1965
The first holder of this position

Employment.png Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
1953 - 1961
Appointed by Allen Dulles
Appointment date slightly uncertain


During WW2, Lyman Kirkpatrick worked for the Office of Strategic Services. Later he joined the CIA.

Bay of pigs Report

Allen Dulles as CIA Director asked Lyman Kirkpatrick, then CIA Inspector General, to wrote a report about the Bay of Pigs invasion. The report was highly critical of Dulles, concluding that he had failed to keep Eisenhower or John F. Kennedy accurately informed. Kirkpatrick later wrote that he believed that report cost him “a fighting chance at the directorship.” Dulles destroyed all but a single copy of the report, which remained locked away until 1998, when it was declassified and released to the public. [1]

Executive Director

He was Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in December 1964.[2]


In 1965, Kirkpatrick left the CIA to become a professor of political science at Brown University. In addition to lecturing and teaching, he served as president of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and was a member of the board of directors of the Naval War College and the Defense Intelligence College.


  1. Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Penguin, 2007, p.206.

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