World Politicians Remember Late Former Secretary of State George Shultz
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Politicians took to social media to post memories of George Schultz, the former head of the U.S. Treasury and State departments,at age 100.
Shultz served as secretary of state for six years under former President Ronald Reagan and is credited with steering a peaceful U.S. foreign policy at the close of the Cold War. In addition to secretary of state, Shultz served as treasury secretary, director of management and budget, and labor secretary under former President Richard Nixon.
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"He was a true Marine by countenance, determination & strength. An American patriot always," former Secretary of Statesaid in a tweet.
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Secretary George Shultz. He was a true Marine by countenance, determination & strength. An American patriot always. His counsel to me was generous & wise — his love of freedom always evident. Well done sir, may the Lord be with you always. pic.twitter.com/nctLGY3wbA— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) February 7, 2021
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush described Shultz as a "patriot, visionary, brilliant, statesman and role model for many."
George Shultz....patriot, visionary, brilliant, statesman and role model for many. God bless him and prayers for his family
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Shultzthe nuclear disarmament between Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, despite opposition from the and other government officials.
"I don't think it's possible to overestimate the role that Shultz had on the American political scene and causing the world to think about the danger of nuclear weapons and leading the charge to abolish nuclear weapons," said Former Defense Secretary William Perry on Sunday.
Shultz was confirmed 97-0 for secretary of state. He held multiple meetings with Gorbachev which resulted in a reduction of nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union pulling out from Afghanistan, proceeding the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
"We have lost a champion of diplomacy, an advocate of American leadership, and a model of public service," wrote former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in a tweet.
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George Shultz was a great man who both witnessed and made history in the course of a remarkable 100 years. We have lost a champion of diplomacy, an advocate of American leadership, and a model of public service. https://t.co/huMKujwgbR— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) February 7, 2021
Reagan awarded Shultz the Presidential Media of Freedom in the last speech of his presidency.
"He believed in diplomacy, but never forgot that successful diplomacy took sustained effort, what he compared to gardening, if flowers were to win out over weeds," said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations in a tweet.
Sad to learn the news of the passing of my former boss George Shultz. But what a life, what a career, what a man. He believed in diplomacy, but never forgot that successful diplomacy took sustained effort, what he compared to gardening, if flowers were to win out over weeds.— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) February 7, 2021
Shultz was born in New York City in 1920 and grew up in Englewood, New Jersey. He graduated fromin 1952 and then joined the Marines to serve in the Pacific. He earned a doctorate in industrial economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after World War II.
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"Had the honor of meeting with him a number of times & always walked away smarter and feeling better about our country and our future," former New Jersey Governorsaid in a tweet.
What an extraordinary patriot George Schultz was during his lifetime. Had the honor of meeting with him a number of times & always walked away smarter and feeling better about our country and our future. My condolences to his family and my gratitude for his service to our nation.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) February 7, 2021
Shultz was the Thomas W. and Susan B.Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor emeritus at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
"Our colleague was a great American statesman and a true patriot in every sense of the word. He will be remembered in history as a man who made the world a better place," said Condolezza Rice, former secretary of state and current director of the Hoover Institute, said in a statement.
Former New York City Mayor Mikewrote in a tweet that Shultz was a "giant on the world stage" and his work "touched all facets of American life."
There are few people we can truly call statesmen, and George Shultz was one of them. He was a giant on the world stage. His accomplishments, which include ushering in the end of the Cold War, touched all facets of American life. pic.twitter.com/VgXewIju4I
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Shultz, who died at his home in California, was remembered by San Francisco Mayor London Breed: "He was a fierce advocate for what many of us consider 'San Francisco values,' including the value of mutual respect and dignity for people from all walks of life."
I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Secretary George Shultz, who left a tremendous impact on our City and our country. pic.twitter.com/d609tEgp1e— London Breed (@LondonBreed) February 7, 2021
I saw George Shultz a year ago in his office. He was 99, going on 100, and impressively sharp. We talked about social media. I suggested he get on Twitter. He said, "Maybe if I were 90...."
RIP— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) February 7, 2021
Under the Nixon administration, Shultz spearheaded the integration of schools in the Deep South, The New York Times reported. He also led the "Philadelphia Plan" as secretary of labor under Nixon, which prevented trade unions from remaining all white by requiring government contractors bidding on federal construction contracts to hire a number of non-white workers.
Wendy Sherman, director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, said that Shultz "taught us to 'tend the garden' of relationships so we could face crisis together when it came."
A giant of diplomacy died today. Former Secretary of State George Shultz is revered in the State Dept. He taught us to ‘tend the garden’ of relationships so we could face crisis together when it came. RIP Mr. Secretary.— Wendy R. Sherman (@wendyrsherman) February 7, 2021
Shultz is survived by his wife, Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, and his five children—Margaret Ann Tilsworth, Kathleen Pratt Shultz Jorgensen, Peter Milton Shultz, Barbara Lennox Shultz White, and Alexander George Shultz—as well as 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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