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Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger Dies

Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger testifies before the Senate Foreign Relation Committee's International Operations and Organizations, Democracy and Human Rights Subcommittee hearing on Holocaust Era Insurance Restitution on Capitol Hill in May 2008.(SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

June 4, 2011

Lawrence Eagleburger, President George H.W. Bush's secretary of state, has died. He was 80.

Eagleburger served as secretary of state for the first president Bush for little over a month at the end of Bush's term, from December 1992 until January 20, 1993. He had served as acting secretary of state since August 1992 until his confirmation in 1992.

The Associated Press reported Eagleburger's death on Saturday.

 

The White House issued a statement memorializing Eagleburger for his career of service.

"Through more than four decades of service, first in the Army and then as a dedicated foreign service officer and statesman, Lawrence Eagleburger devoted his life to the security of our nation and to strengthening our ties with allies and partners," the White House statement said.

In statement released on Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remembered Eagleburger's long tenture in the Foreign Service.

"Larry understood as well as anyone the crucial role our Foreign Service Officers play in protecting America's interests and projecting our values," Clinton said.

Eagleburger's career spanned nearly three decades as a foreign service officer. He retired in 1984 and then went to work at a number of consulting and law firms, including Kissinger Associates, the firm founded by Henry Kissinger.

Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement in which he praised Eagleburger for his candor.

"Larry had a clear-eyed sense of the strategic moment and gave wise counsel to Secretary [James] Baker and to Congress. The post-Cold War world, particularly Europe and Eurasia, is more stable and secure because of the dedicated service of Larry Eagleburger," Biden said.

 

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