Here's information about Becky and Bob Gates' marriage.
Rebecca "Becky" W ?: ?
How Bob and Becky Met:
Bob about his marriage proposal: "At the end of that trip to San Antonio for Air Force officer training, I gave her a ring and asked her to marry me. I don't think she was too excited to accept, but she did."
Source: Kevin Espenlaub. "Gates takes familiar ride down road of new obstacles." TheBatt.com. 8/01/2002.
Source: "Robert M. Gates." Newsmakers 1992. Issue Cumulation. Gale Research, 1992.
- Bradley "Brad" Robert Gates: Born abt. 1980. Graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.
- Eleanor Marie Gates: Born abt. 1975. Eleanor lives in Seattle and works for a bank.
Bob: Author, President of Texas A&M University, Director of Central Intelligence, Confirmed as Secretary of Defense on 12/6/2006.
When Bob became president of Texas A&M University, they moved to College Station, Texas, but kept their home in Mount Vernon. They also have a home on Orcas Island in Washington state.
Christine Clarridge: "According to a Gates relative, the family still has the Big Lake home and considers it their permanent residence. Robert Gates plans to return to Big Lake at the end of Bush's term, if his nomination is approved."
Source: Christine Clarridge. "Gates has long ties to Washington State." SeattleTimes.nwsource.com. 11/08/2006.
Quotes About the Marriage of Becky and Bob Gates:
Source: Adena Bowman. "Children's Center named after Mrs. Gates." TheBatt.com. 6/12/2006.
Bob acknowledging Becky's patience and understanding: "Finally, this book would not have been possible without my wife, Becky, whose patience and understanding as I was writing was surpassed only by her patience and understanding during the quarter century that the book describes."
Source: Robert M. Gates. From the Shadows: The Ultimate insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War. 2007. pg. 4.
Philip Shenon: "As is typical of career intelligence officers, little is known about Mr. Gates's life away from the agency."
Source: New York Times. 2/03/1987.