Former Sec. of State Warren Christopher Passes Away

Former Sec. of State Warren Christopher

Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher passed away at his home in Los Angeles of complications from bladder and kidney cancer, said Sonja Steptoe of the law firm O’Melveny & Myers, where Christopher was a senior partner. He was 85 years old.

Christopher was Secretary of State during the Clinton administration from 1993 – 1996, and played a key role in peace talks in Bosnia. As Deputy Secretary of State during the Carter administration, he negotiated the release of the hostages from Iran. He also headed the commission that investigated the riots after the Rodney King trial verdict, and supervised the Florida recount during the 2000 Bush/Gore election contest. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Sierra Madre Connection

Christopher went to high school with Eph Konigsberg, recently named one of the inaugural Wistaria Festival “Treasures of Sierra Madre” and  2008 Sierra Madre Older American of the Year.  In 2007, I had the opportunity to conduct a telephone interview with Mr. Christopher, you can read that interview here.