Her family remembered her as a “tireless champion of democracy and human rights” and a “loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend”
Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. secretary of state and for a time the country’s highest-ranking woman, has died. She was 84.
Albright’s death on Wednesday was announced later that day by her family, who remembered her as a “tireless champion of democracy and human rights” and a “loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.”
She died of cancer and had been “surrounded by family and friends,” according to the statement.
A childhood refugee from Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, Albright immigrated to the United States as a girl in 1948, at 11 years old.
“Becoming a U.S. citizen is the most important thing that ever happened to me,” she later said, remembering how her father would remark that “in Europe during [World War II] people would say, ‘We are sorry for your troubles and hope that you have everything you need; by the way, when will you be leaving to go back home?’ But in America, people said: ‘We are sorry for your troubles and hope that you have everything you need; by the way, when will you become a citizen?’ “
After coming to the U.S., Albright spent the remainder of her childhood in Denver, going on to study at Wellesley College, where she graduated in 1959.
After years of postgraduate study, she was eventually recruited to the White House under President Jimmy Carter where a former teacher, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was the national security adviser. Albright counseled a number of prominent Democratic politicians on foreign policy and was named as President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to the United Nations in 1993.
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- I am very sorry for your loss and wishing you moments of peace , keeping Ms. Albright ‘s family in our thoughts and prayers.