CENTERVILLE, Mass. — Robert S. McNamara, former secretary of defense under President John F. Kennedy, today informed Caroline Kennedy he will have to miss her wedding Saturday to attend to a "corporate emergency."
McNamara, former president of the World Bank, said he was "very disappointed" he will miss Kennedy's wedding to Edwin Arthur Schlossberg on Cape Cod and a reunion with other former Kennedy Cabinet members.
"It grieves me not to be able to attend," said McNamara, noting that he keeps in touch with C. Douglas Dillon, Dean Rusk and McGeorge Bundy. "But others I haven't seen in years, and it would have been great to get together with them."
McNamara said he must attend to "a corporate emergency" on the West Coast over this weekend. The corporation was not named.