George Shultz, former U.S. secretary of state, dead at 100

George Shultz salutes Ronald Reagan during the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Nov. 6, 2009. AP photo.

Former Secretary of State George Shultz, a titan of American academia, business and diplomacy who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve Cold War relations with the Soviet Union and forging a course for peace in the Middle East, has died at Stanford. He was 100.

Shultz died Saturday at his home on campus, where he was a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor emeritus at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

The Hoover Institution announced Shultz’s death this morning. A cause of death was not provided.

“Our colleague was a great American statesman and a true patriot in every sense of the word. He will be remembered in history as a man who made the world a better place,” said Condoleezza Rice, a fellow former Secretary of State and current director of the Hoover Institution. — From staff and wire reports