James R. Schlesinger, a Republican economist who advanced rapidly to some of the highest positions of government power in the 1970s but whose abrasive leadership style led to conflicts with presidents, bureaucrats and the American public, died March 27 at age 85.
Jan. 26, 1977 President Jimmy Carter signs his energy proposals in the Oval Office. At left is his energy policy adviser, James Schlesinger. The proposals were expected to help areas hit by the natural gas shortage. AP Buy Photo