Former US Secretary of State George P. Shultz died Saturday at age 100. at his home on the campus of Stanford University. He played a central role in helping to bring the Cold War to an end as President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state. He have held four different federal Cabinet-level positions throughout his long career. He also served as secretary of the Department of Treasury, secretary of the Department of Labor and director of the Office of Management and Budget during President Richard Nixon’s administration .
He had been working as a Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution before his death. Shultz helped to draft and sign landmark arms control treaties and other agreements that helped to diminish US-Soviet antagonism. He was especially concerned with the global threat of nuclear weapons. “We must both defend freedom and preserve peace. We smust seek to advance those moral values to which this nation and its allies are deeply committed. And we must do so in a nuclear age in which a global war would thoroughly destroy those values,” he said. In 1989, Shultz was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Shultz was most recently a professor emeritus at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.