Patricia F. Haig, widow of Alexander Haig, dies at 83

November 6, 2012

Patricia F. Haig, 83, the widow of Alexander M. Haig Jr., the retired Army general who was chief of staff to President Richard M. Nixon and secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan, died Oct. 9 at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.

She had a brain hemorrhage, her son Alexander Haig said.

Mrs. Haig was a concert pianist in her youth. As the daughter and wife of Army generals, she spent much of her life traveling and meeting dignitaries.

Patricia Antoinette Fox was born in Washington. Her father, Army Lt. Gen. Alonzo Patrick Fox, was deputy chief of staff to Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Alexander Haig served as an aide to Fox.

Mrs. Haig and her husband were married in Tokyo in 1950. After serving as Nixon’s chief of staff, Haig was made supreme Allied commander of NATO and served as secretary of state under Reagan. He died in 2010.

Mrs. Haig assisted her husband throughout his career. She also enjoyed gardening and decorating and had homes in McLean and Palm Beach, Fla.

Survivors include three children, Barbara Haig of Washington, Brian Haig of Pennington, N.J., and Alexander P. Haig of Vienna; a brother, retired Army Col. Eugene Fox of McLean; and eight grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel