Jeane Kirkpatrick Dies
Jeane Kirkpatrick, Ronald Reagan’s UN ambassador, has died.
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, a conservative political scientist who became the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, died at her home outside Washington late Thursday, colleagues announced today. She was 80.
A notice of her death was posted this morning on the Web site of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington where Kirkpatrick worked as a senior fellow. “The United States has lost a great patriot and a champion of freedom, and AEI mourns our beloved colleague,” the announcement said.
Kirkpatrick’s assistant, Andrea Harrington, said she died in her sleep late Thursday at her home in Bethesda, just north of Washington, D.C., in the Maryland suburbs, the Associated Press reported. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Harrington said Kirkpatrick had been in declining health recently and was “basically confined to her house.”
A great loss. Sadly, it sounds like her last days were rather bleak.
UPDATE: Mark Tapscott pays his final respects to “a small-town girl who became a world leader.”