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Council Mourns Loss of Board Member and UN Envoy Under Reagan

December 8, 2006
Council on Foreign Relations


The Council lost one of its most distinguished members on December 8, 2006, when Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick passed away. A dedicated member of the Council for more than twenty-five years, Kirkpatrick served on the Board of Directors from 1985 to 1994. She was also vice chair of the Board from 1993 to 1994.

“Jeane Kirkpatrick was a remarkable patriot, a true professional, a devoted Council member, and indeed, a superb vice chair of the Council,” said Council Chairman Peter G. Peterson.

In 2002, the Council established an endowed senior fellowship in national security studies in recognition of her continuing legacy of fidelity to the highest ideals of national service, and her special combination of scholarship, hardheadedness, and courage. Council Senior Fellow Stephen E. Flynn currently holds the chair.

“Jeane Kirkpatrick made a real difference, both in her writings and in her service at the United Nations. She will be missed professionally and personally by all who came into contact with her,” said Council President Richard N. Haass.

Kirkpatrick was a member of the Reagan administration from 1981 to 1985 as the U.S. representative to the United Nations, after which she served as a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board until 1990. She served as a member of the Defense Policy Review Board from 1985 to 1993.

Kirkpatrick began her teaching career at Georgetown in 1967, and taught there for thirteen years before taking her post at the United Nations. She returned to Georgetown in 1986 and was the Leavey Professor until 2002.