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Statement from James A. Baker, III


James A. Baker, III, released the following statement on the death of George P. Shultz:

“George Shultz was a rare breed of American whose multifaceted career in public service, business and academia is unparalleled. He was one of only two people to hold four government cabinet positions, a business titan who ran one of the largest construction companies in the world, and a renowned economist at MIT and the University of Chicago. As Secretary of State for President Ronald Reagan, Shultz was also a skilled diplomat who understood the critical importance of personal relationships in international relations--an approach that was indispensable in the peaceful end of the Cold War. He was my role model. I followed him at Princeton, in the Marine Corps, as Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State. He was my colleague and friend. I could always count on George to give me careful, thoughtful and candid advice. My wife, Susan, and I will miss his generous nature and warm friendship, and we send his wife, Charlotte, and the entire Shultz family our heartfelt sympathy.” 

                                                                                                                     — James A. Baker, III
                                                                                                            61st U.S. Secretary of State