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Kenneth Rush

Kenneth Rush
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United States Ambassador to France
In office
November 21, 1974 – March 14, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Preceded by John N. Irwin
Succeeded by Arthur A. Hartman
Counselor to the President
In office
May 29, 1974 – September 19, 1974
President Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded by Anne Armstrong
Succeeded by Robert T. Hartmann
John O. Marsh
United States Deputy Secretary of State
In office
February 2, 1973 – May 29, 1974
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by John N. Irwin
Succeeded by Robert S. Ingersoll
United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
In office
February 23, 1972 – January 29, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by David Packard
Succeeded by Bill Clements
United States Ambassador to West Germany
In office
July 22, 1969 – February 20, 1972
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
Succeeded by Martin J. Hillenbrand
Personal details
Born January 17, 1910
Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.
Died December 11, 1994(1994-12-11) (aged 84)
Delray Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jane Gilbert Smith (1947–1994)
Children 6
Education University of Tennessee, Knoxville (BA)
Yale University (LLB)

David Kenneth Rush (January 17, 1910 – December 11, 1994) was a United States Ambassador who helped negotiate the groundbreaking Four-Power Agreement in 1971 that ended the post-war crisis over Berlin.[1]

Early life

Kenneth Rush was born David Kenneth Rush in Walla Walla, Washington, where his parents, from an old Tennessee family, had journeyed during a yearlong tour of the western United States. His father was a farmer in Greenville, Tennessee and his mother a teacher. His father died when he was two years old.[1] After attending secondary schools in Greenville, Rush worked his way through the University of Tennessee by waiting on tables. He majored in history and was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa. In 1932, he enrolled in Yale Law School, where he edited the law journal and earned an LL.B. degree.[2]

Career

Early career

From 1936-1937, Rush joined the Duke University faculty as an assistant professor and taught law. It was here that he met to-be-President Richard Nixon who was a student at the university. It was the beginning of their enduring friendship. In 1937, Rush accepted an offer to join the Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation with the prospect of an executive position. He became a vice president in 1939 and was named president in 1966.[1]

Political career

Rush resigned from all private positions in 1969 to become United States Ambassador to West Germany. Rush was credited for playing a major role in the successful conclusion of the Four Power Agreement on Berlin between the United States, Britain, Soviet Union, and France after 17 months of negotiations. The agreement ended more than two decades of East-West tensions over the divided former capital of Germany, it improved ties between Washington and Moscow, reaffirmed the Western Allies' rights in the city and paved the way for the development of peaceful relations between East and West Germany.

President Richard Nixon appointed Rush as Deputy Secretary of Defense for 1972, then named him Deputy Secretary of State from February 1973 to May 1974, including a period from September 3 to September 22 when Rush served as interim Secretary of State between the terms of William P. Rogers and Henry Kissinger.[3] From 1974 to his retirement on March 15, 1977, he served as Ambassador to France.[4]

Death

Rush died at his home in Delray Beach, Florida on December 11, 1994 at the age of 84. According to one of his sons, he was under treatment for heart and blood ailments.

Personal life

In 1947, Rush married Jane Gilbert Smith. They had five sons and one daughter. Two of their sons died at a young age.

References

  1. ^ a b c Binder, David (December 13, 1994). "Kenneth Rush, U.S. Diplomat, Is Dead at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Kenneth Rush". Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  3. ^ "KENNETH RUSH (1910–1994)". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Dunhan, Elizabeth (July 20, 2006). "Kenneth Rush Papers". Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
United States Ambassador to West Germany
1969–1972
Succeeded by
Martin J. Hillenbrand
Preceded by
John N. Irwin
United States Ambassador to France
1974–1977
Succeeded by
Arthur A. Hartman
Political offices
Preceded by
David Packard
United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
1972–1973
Succeeded by
Bill Clements
Preceded by
John N. Irwin
United States Deputy Secretary of State
1973–1974
Succeeded by
Robert S. Ingersoll
Preceded by
Anne Armstrong
Counselor to the President
1974
Served alongside: Anne Armstrong, Dean Burch
Succeeded by
Robert Hartmann
Succeeded by
John O. Marsh