Lawrence S. Eagleburger, the only career U.S. foreign service officer to rise to the position of secretary of state, died today at age 80.
Eagleburger died in Virginia after a short illness.
In his diplomatic career, Eagleburger took on several difficult assignments, working on Middle East problems, German reunification, and the fallout from the collapse of the Soviet Union.
President Barack Obama called Eagleburger a statesman who "devoted his life to the security of our nation and to strengthening our ties with allies and partners."
Two of his ex-bosses, former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, mourned the retired diplomat and praised his service.
compiled from agency reports