Madeleine Albright She passed away at the age of 84, her family announced in a statement on Wednesday, March 23.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, the 64th US Secretary of State and the first woman to hold this position earlier today,” the Albright family said in an official statement. Twitter the account.
They also announced the cause of her death. “The reason was cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends. We had lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.”
Albright was appointed US ambassador to the United Nations shortly after taking office Bill Clinton She was installed in 1993. He nominated her as Secretary of State three years later.
In 2012, the president Barack Obama Awarded the Medal of Freedom.
Her family proudly included many of her accomplishments in announcing her death: “Madeleine Albright, born Marie-Jana Korpilova, was a native of Prague, came to the United States as a refugee in 1948 and rose to the height of American decision-making. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, the nation’s highest civilian honor.She was a tireless champion of democracy and human rights, at the time of her death a Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, President of the Albright Stonebridge Group, part of Denton Global Advisors, President of Albright Capital Management, and President of Harry. Truman Scholarship Foundation, President of the National Democratic Institute, Chair of the U.S. Defense Policy Council, and author. She founded the Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, served as a life trustee at the Aspen Institute and was a member of the Washington National Cathedral chapter.”
In a statement shortly after her death was announced, Clinton, 75, said she was “deeply saddened” by the loss, adding that her former classmate had “been a passionate force for freedom, democracy and human rights” throughout her life.
“Hillary I will always be most grateful for the wonderful friendship we shared and the wise advice she gave us over many years,” he said in part. “Madeleine’s death represents a great loss to the world at a time when we most need her life lessons, but we know her legacy will continue through all the students she taught so well. In Georgetown, everyone who has been inspired by the wonderful journey from refugee to Secretary of State and the many people around the world who are living and living better lives because of her service.”
President George W. Bush He also shared his condolences. “Lura “My heart is saddened by the news of Madeleine Albright’s passing,” the 75-year-old said in a statement. She lived the American dream and helped others achieve it. …I served with distinction as a foreign-born Secretary of State and I understood first-hand the importance of free societies for peace in our world.”
Obama, 60, added in his own official statement, “It is because of people like Madeleine that America’s story is, after all, a story of hope — and an upward journey. Michelle And send our thoughts to the Albright family and everyone who has known and served a truly wonderful woman.”
Albright was married to Joseph Medell Patterson Albright from 1959 until their divorce in 1982. She is survived by their three daughters, twins Alice Patterson Albright and Ann Korbel Albright, both 60, and Catherine Medell Albright, 55. She is also survived by siblings John and Cathy, and several grandchildren.