Vietnam-Era Draft Director Curtis Tarr Dies at 88

Curtis Tarr, who oversaw the lottery for the draft during…

Curtis Tarr, who oversaw the lottery for the draft during the Vietnam War as head of the Selective Service program, has died.

Tarr died of pneumonia on Friday at his home in Walnut Creek, CA. He was 88.

President Richard Nixon appointed Tarr as director of the Selective Service System in 1970. The nation had held its first lottery drawing for the draft in December 1969, and Tarr was responsible for implementing the changes, said Dick Flahavan, spokesman for the Selective Service. Before the lottery, local draft boards had control over who was called and who was not.

“The lottery system took the local personalities out of the system,” Flahavan said, adding that it was “much fairer, much more objective, more efficient.”

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