Former US president GeorgeBush senior, who steered America through the end of the Cold War, died Friday at age 94, his family have announced.
"George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018".
The son of a senator and father of a president, Bush was the man with the golden resume who rose through the political ranks: from congressman to United Nations ambassador, Republican Party chairman to envoy to China, CIA director to two-term vice president under the hugely popular Ronald Reagan.
Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 pm on Friday night in the United States, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. "He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years; his second child Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or "Bucky" Bush". His failed 1980 presidential ended in his tenure as Reagan's vice president.
His successors have had their share of degrees from Harvard and Yale, but Bush was thoroughly a product of the WASPy aristocracy of the Northeast - a graduate of Andover and Yale, the son of a CT U.S. senator, the scion of two Wall Street banking dynasties.
George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon, he was a friend to all he met, he embodied class and dignity. He was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton.
It wasn't an easy job: when LIFE Magazine caught up with him, it was at the tense moment that the United Nations made a decision to admit "Red China" as a member in place of the Nationalist government based in Taipei.
Bush suffered from a form of Parkinson's disease and was hospitalized periodically in recent years for pneumonia. He then celebrated his birthday on June 12 - making history by becoming the first former president to reach the age of 94.
At a summit meeting in Malta in December 1989, Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev, his Soviet counterpart, declared an end to the Cold War and talked of a new era of "lasting peace". His presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait.
President Donald Trump's White House adviser Kellyanne Conway thanked Bush for his service.
Bush is survived by his sons, former President George W. Bush, former Florida Gov. JebBush, NeilBush, MarvinBush, and daughter Dorothy Bush Koch.
He was not re-elected in 1992, which was attributed to breaking his pledge to not introduce new taxes.
He ran against one of Bush's sons, Jeb Bush, in the GOP presidential primaries in 2016, and he was sharply critical of the presidency of another son, George W. Bush. He did not publicly say whom he voted for in the election, but a source told CNN he went for Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Mr Gorbachev said that he and his wife, Raisa, "deeply appreciated the attention, kindness and simplicity typical of George and BarbaraBush, as well as the rest of their large, friendly family".
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