Statement by Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation on the Passing of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke

Washington, D.C.

December 13, 2011


Megan Rabbitt

United Nations Foundation President, Sen. Timothy E. Wirth, today issued the following statement on the news of the passing of veteran U.S. Diplomat and United Nations champion Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke.

“Richard was a friend to me, my family, our country, and the United Nations. His death is a tragedy for his family, and a deep loss for our country and world. We have known each other for nearly fifty years, sharing games of capture the flag, long hikes in the Colorado Rockies, and our shared passions for the global community, the United Nations, climate change, and the biggest challenges facing our world.

“Richard was a remarkable talent whose contributions are an inspiration for the next generation of global citizens and patriots.  I was always grateful that he was on our side!”


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