Former US Secretary of State George Shultz is dead. Shultz, who was the chief diplomat of the United States under then US President Ronald Reagan, died on Saturday at the age of 100. The Hoover Institution – a think tank of the renowned Stanford University, to which Shultz belonged – announced on Sunday.
For several decades Shultz was one of the most prominent Republican presidents in the United States. Under Richard Nixon, a graduate of the elite Princeton universities and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he became Secretary of Labor in 1969. He later moved to the White House as an influential budget director and then worked as finance minister.
He remained a strategist for the Republican Party
In March 1974, Shultz resigned to avoid falling into the quagmire of the Watergate affair – the scandal surrounding the break-in of the Democratic Party headquarters that forced Nixon to resign in August 1974. In 1982 Shultz became Secretary of State under Reagan.
In 1989, Shultz left the government but remained a Republican Party strategist. He also taught international economics at Stanford University. (SDA)