Statement by United Nations Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth on the Passing of Ted Sorensen

Washington, D.C.

November 1, 2010


Megan Rabbitt

“I am saddened by the loss of Ted Sorensen, who helped to change and expand the views of America’s engagement with the world and the United Nations. He will long be remembered for his poignant words and ability to inspire the country to help create a better world.

“Ted’s biography speaks for itself. His public legacy will be that of a man whose service improved our country and our global community. On a personal level, Ted was the husband of my good friend, Gillian Sorensen, who serves as Senior Advisor at the UN Foundation. On behalf of the UN Foundation, I offer my deepest condolences to Gillian and the entire Sorensen family. Ted was a loving husband and father and an example of how to live life to the fullest.

“As the world mourns the loss of Ted and celebrates his professional and personal accomplishments, we continue to be inspired by his vision and words. Each of us can best pay tribute to his extraordinary life by embracing new ideas and opportunities that will ‘foster justice at home and peace around the world.’”


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