WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, a political science professor whose support for Ronald Reagan conversatism catapulted her into the post of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has died at 80. She was the first woman to hold the post.
Initially, a liberal Democrat, Kirkpatrick championed human rights, opposed Soviet Union communism and supported Israel.
"She defended the cause of freedom at a pivotal time in world history," President Bush said Friday. "Jeane's powerful intellect helped American win the Cold War."
Kirkpatrick's son, Stuart, said she died Thursday at her home in Bethesda, Md., where she was under hospice care.
I can't say I totally agree with President Bush (I'm assuming the AP was referring to the current Bush), but I can agree that she was instrumental in continuing a strong bond between the United States and the United Nations.