Lawrence Eagleburger

American statesman and diplomat (1930-2011)

Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger (August 1, 1930 – June 4, 2011) was an American statesman and diplomat.

Lawrence Eagleburger
62nd United States Secretary of State
In office
December 8, 1992 – January 20, 1993
Acting Secretary, Aug. 23 – Dec. 8, 1992
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byJames Baker
Succeeded byWarren Christopher
10th Deputy Secretary of State
In office
January 20, 1989 – August 23, 1992
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byJohn C. Whitehead
Succeeded byClifton R. Wharton, Jr.
12th Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
In office
February 11, 1982 – May 1, 1984
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byWalter J. Stoessel, Jr.
Succeeded byMichael Armacost
Personal details
Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger

(1930-08-01)August 1, 1930
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DiedJune 4, 2011(2011-06-04) (aged 80)
Charlottesville, Virginia[1]
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Marlene Ann Heinemann
(m. 1966–2010, her death)
ChildrenLawrence Scott Eagleburger
Lawrence Andrew Eagleburger
Lawrence Jason Eagleburger[2]
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin–Madison(B.A., M.A.)
Professionpolitical analyst
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1952–1954
RankFirst Lieutenant

Early life


Eagleburger was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 1, 1930. He was raised in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Eagleburger studied at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Eagleburger served briefly as the Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush. Previously, he had served in lesser capacities under Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and as Deputy Secretary of State under George H. W. Bush.

Eagleburger is the only career Foreign Service Officer to have served as Secretary of State.[3]

Personal life


Eagleburger married Marlene Ann Heinemann in 1966. They had three sons, Lawrence Scott, Lawrence Andrew, and Lawrence Jason. Their marriage would last until Eagleburger's death in 2011.

Eagleburger died of pneumonia at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 80 years old.[4]


  1. Bernard Gwertzman (June 4, 2011). "Lawrence Eagleburger, a Top Diplomat, Dies at 80". The New York Times.
  2. "Biography of Lawrence Eagleburger". The American Academy of Diplomacy. August 17, 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  3. "Ex-Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger dies at 80". Associated Press. Politico. 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
  4. Lawrence S. Eagleburger, diplomat and onetime secretary of state dies, at 80 The Washington Post, June 4, 2011

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