Former Secretary of State George Shultz died at the age of 100
Former Secretary of State George Shultz has died, according to the Hoover Institution. He was 100 years old.
Shultz died Saturday at his home on Stanford University campus, the think tank said. There was no cause of death.
Shultz served under three American presidents and, alongside President Ronald Reagan, was instrumental in ending the Cold War.
He was born in New York City, grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and taught at many prestigious universities before being named Secretary of Labor by President Richard Nixon in 1969. He then worked in various positions in the Nixon cabinet.
Shultz left government in the mid-1970s to work in academia and an engineering firm before being appointed to two key roles by Reagan, including Secretary of State.
Shultz later served as an informal advisor to President George W. Bush and is the author of many books.
In 1989 he received the country’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom.
“Our colleague was a great American statesman and a true patriot in the truest sense of the word. He will be remembered in history as the man who made the world a better place, “said former Secretary of State and current director of the Hoover Institution, Condoleezza Rice.
Shultz, a professor emeritus at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and with decades of experience at the Hoover Institute, is one of only two Americans to hold four different federal cabinet positions: state, treasury, labor, and university administration and budget.
Shultz is survived by his wife, five children, eleven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
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