Cyrus Roberts Vance (March 27, 1917 – January 12, 2002) was an American lawyer and diplomat.
|57th United States Secretary of State|
January 20, 1977 – April 28, 1980
|Preceded by||Henry Kissinger|
|Succeeded by||Edmund Muskie|
|11th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense|
January 28, 1964 – June 30, 1967
|President||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Preceded by||Roswell Gilpatric|
|Succeeded by||Paul Nitze|
|7th United States Secretary of the Army|
July 5, 1962 – January 21, 1964
|President||John F. Kennedy|
Lyndon B. Johnson
|Preceded by||Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Stephen Ailes|
|General Counsel of the Department of Defense|
January 29, 1961 – June 30, 1962
|President||John F. Kennedy|
|Preceded by||Vincent Burke|
|Succeeded by||John McNaughton|
Cyrus Roberts Vance
March 27, 1917
Clarksburg, West Virginia, U.S.
|Died||January 12, 2002 (aged 84)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
(m. 1947; her death 2002)
|Children||5, including Cyrus Jr.|
|Relatives||John W. Davis (Adoptive father)|
|Education||Yale University (BA, LLB)|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942–1946|
|Unit||USS Hale (DD-642)|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
As Secretary of State, Vance approached foreign policy with an emphasis on negotiation over conflict and a special interest in arms reduction. In April 1980, Vance resigned in protest of Operation Eagle Claw, the secret mission to rescue American hostages in Iran. He was succeeded in the position by Edmund Muskie.
Vance died at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City on January 12, 2002 after a long battle with pneumonia. His death was a complication from Alzheimer's disease. He was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
- "Cyrus R. Vance, a Confidant Of Presidents, Is Dead at 84". New York Times. 13 January 2002. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
Cyrus R. Vance, who after two decades in public service was appointed secretary of state, and who then took the rare step of resigning from the nation's highest cabinet post on a matter of principle, died yesterday afternoon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He was 84. The cause was pneumonia and other complications, said Elva Murphy, his longtime secretary.
- Bell, William Gardner (1992). ""Cyrus Roberts Vance"". Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Army: Portraits and Biographical Sketches. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
Media related to Cyrus Vance at Wikimedia Commons
- Oral History Interviews with Cyrus Vance Archived 2001-11-26 at the Library of Congress Web Archives, from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
- Cyrus R. Vance and Grace Sloane Vance Papers, 1957-1992, held at Yale University Library, Manuscripts & Archives
- Cyrus Vance at Find a Grave
- Interview on French TV: Cartes sur table, 31 March 1980 (40 minutes)