Madeleine Albright died Wednesday, March 23, 2022 aged 84. According to her family in a statement released on twitter, the former diplomat died of cancer which she was diagnosed with some time ago.
The 64th United States Secretary of State, who was the receiver of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, Madeleine Albright, died in the presence of her family and friends.
Here are some five interesting facts Madeline Albright.
1). Madeleine Albright who died, moved from the then Czechoslovakia, and settled in the United States as a refugee in 1948. She moved with her family and they all settled at Denver in Colorado. Albright was born in 1937 in the Smíchov district of Prague in the modern day Czech.
After nine years of settling in the United States, Madeleine Albright and her family became full American citizens.
2). Madeleine Albright appeared to have followed the exact footsteps of her father. Her father, Josef Korbel, was a Professor of International Politics and a former diplomat who served as the ambassador of the Czechoslovakia to the Yugoslavia.
Having followed her father’s footsteps, Madeleine Albright had also strived hard and became the renowned diplomat she was. Until her death on Wednesday, she was a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
3). She graduate from the Wellesley College in 1959 at a youthful age of 22. She continued her academic pursuit with passion, and in 1975, earned a PhD degree from the Columbia University.
Albright would later go into academia by joining the faculty of Georgetown University where she focused on Eastern Europe Studies. She later became a professor at the same university.
4). In 1993, Albright begun her foreign service carrier. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations which is headquartered in New York. He appointment came shortly after President Clinton was inaugurated.
When serving at the United Nations, Albright was complicit in the removal of Egyptian politician and diplomat, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who was at the time the Secretary General of the UN.
5). Madeleine Albright made history when she was the first woman in the history of the United States to be appointed Secretary of State. She was appointed in 1997 by the same president Clinton during his second term in office.
The only female who also served in that position is Hillary Clinton. She was put there during the presidency of President Barrack Obama.
Hillary Clinton, wife of President Bill Clinton, was First Lady of the United States when Madeleine Albright was appointed Secretary of State.
Madeleine Albright died leaving behind three children; Alice Patterson Albright, Katherine Medill Albright, and Anne Korbel Albright.