Casey was Director of Central Intelligence under President Ronald Reagan from January 28, 1981 to January 29, 1987.
Casey was born in Elmhurst Queens, on March 13, 1913. He graduated from Fordham University in 1934, and in 1937, earned a law degree from St. Johns University School of Law.
In 1943, Casey was Comissioned into the US Naval Reserve, and in the same year started working for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). This was the direct predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during World War II. He eventually became head of the Secret Intelligence Branch in Europe, and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement.
After the war, he practiced corporate law in New York City, and eventually served as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 1971 to 1973. His next post was Under Secretary of State for Economic affairs from 1973 to 1974. HE served as President and Chairman of the US Export-Import bank, from 1974 to 1976, and then as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1976 to 1977.
In 1978, Casey co-founded the conservative, market oriented think-tank, the Manhattan Institute (originally called, until 1981, the International Center for Economic Policy Studies).
Casey was the campaign manager for Ronald Reagan's 1980 Presidential run, and obviously was very successful.
In 1987, just hours before he was scheduled to testify before Congress regarding the Iran-Contra affair, it was reported that Casey was incapable of speech, and was subsequently Hospitalized.
Casey died of a brain tumor, his Requiem Mass was in his home town of Roslyn, NY, and he was buried in the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, NY.