Former Secretary Of State George P. Shultz Dies

Washington – George P. Shultz, a titan of American academia and diplomacy who during the 1980s tried to forge better relations with the Soviet Union while pursuing a Middle East peace deal, has died, people reported. He was 100 years old.

The former secretary of state during Ronald Reagan’s presidency died Saturday at his home on the Stanford University campus, said the Hoover Institution, the think tank where he taught and wrote. The cause of his death was not disclosed.

Shultz held three ministerial positions under Republican presidencies in a long career of public service. He was Secretary of Labor and Treasury during the Richard Nixon administration and was Secretary of State for six years under Reagan. He was the longest-serving official in an American administration.


As secretary of state, Shultz forged the first treaty to reduce the size of Soviet nuclear arsenals. The 1987 agreement was a historic attempt that marked the beginning of the end of the nuclear arms race.

“Now that we know so much about these weapons and their power,” Shultz said in an interview in 2008, “they are almost weapons that we wouldn’t use, so I think we’d be better off without them.”

During his life, Shultz was successful in almost every area he ventured into, including academics, government service, and the business world, and was widely respected by colleagues from both political parties.

After the October 1983 dynamite attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 soldiers, Shultz worked tirelessly to end Lebanon’s brutal civil war. He spent countless hours of diplomacy between the capitals of the Middle East trying to ensure the withdrawal of Israeli forces there.

Experience led him to believe that stability in the region could only be guaranteed with a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and he undertook an ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful mission to bring the parties to the negotiating table.

George Pratt Shultz was born on December 13, 1920 in New York City and grew up in Englewood, New Jersey. He studied economics and public and international affairs at Princeton University, graduating in 1942. His affinity for Princeton led him to get the school mascot, a tiger, tattooed on his butt, a fact confirmed to reporters decades later by his wife. .

Shultz married Helena “Obie” O’Brien, an army nurse he met in the Pacific during World War II, and they had five children. After his death in 1995, he married Charlotte Maillard, San Francisco’s chief of protocol, in 1997.

Shultz received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, five children, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

At the moment nothing was reported about the funeral.