For Immediate Release: February 8, 2021
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Press Release: Passing of Former Ambassador George P. Shultz
Washington, D.C. – – Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) mourns the loss of PSA advisory board member Ambassador George P. Shultz, who passed away on Sunday, February 7th. Ambassador Shultz passed away in his home in Northern California.
Ambassador Shultz was an incredibly skilled patriot and is one of only two Americans to hold four cabinet positions throughout his long career in public service. He began his work in presidential administrations as a member of the Council of Economic Advisors for President Eisenhower and went on to occupy the roles of Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Labor, and as the first director of the newly created Office of Management and Budget. Most notably, Shultz served as Secretary of State under President Reagan and spearheaded historic achievements in arms control and diplomatic negotiations with the Soviet Union that helped pave the way to ending the Cold War. Ambassador Shultz was a central leader on the global effort to prevent the U.S. from deploying Pershing-II intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe, a move that would have increased the already high tensions of the Cold War. He received the Presidential Medal of Honor in 1989 and holds a legacy as one of the United States’ greatest statesmen.
Ambassador Schultz was a champion of bipartisanship and remained a staunch and active advocate for bipartisan foreign policy after leaving office. PSA proudly hosted Secretary Shultz in a policy forum for his first visit back to Congress. Statesmen from both sides of the political aisle have expressed their sadness at his passing while celebrating his distinguished service for this Country.
President Biden acknowledged Shultz as a man of “honor and ideas…inked into the pages of our [US] history.” Secretary of State, Antony Blinken revered Shultz as a “patriot” and a “towering figure in the history of the State Department.” He was praised by and returned his praise to his diplomatic colleagues in the Department.
PSA will miss Ambassador Shultz and is honored to have benefitted from his guidance, experience, and wisdom and sends its deepest condolences to the Ambassador’s family and friends.