Henry Kissinger Dies at 100

Written from PR Newswire and Kissinger Associates press release

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2023

Dr. Henry Kissinger, a prominent figure in American diplomacy and international relations, passed away today at his residence in Connecticut. He was 100 years old, according to a press release.

Born in southern Germany in 1923, Kissinger’s family fled the Nazi regime, immigrating to the United States in 1938. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1943 and served commendably in the 84th Army Division during World War II, earning the Bronze Star for his exceptional service. His military tenure extended to the U.S. Army Reserves until 1959, including a stint in the Counter Intelligence Corps in post-war Germany.

A distinguished scholar, Kissinger obtained his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees from Harvard University. He then embarked on an academic career, teaching international relations at Harvard for nearly two decades.

In 1969, President Nixon appointed Kissinger as National Security Advisor, leading to his pivotal role as Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford. He wielded significant influence in historic diplomatic breakthroughs, including the opening of relations with China, brokering peace in the Yom Kippur War, and contributing to the conclusion of the Vietnam War. His efforts also extended to forging agreements on arms control with the Soviet Union and guiding Rhodesia towards representative governance.

Kissinger authored 21 books on national security. He remained a sought-after advisor for American presidents from both major political parties and countless international leaders long after leaving government service in 1977. Even in his centennial year, he maintained an active presence, delving into the implications of artificial intelligence through media appearances, panel discussions, writing, and global travel.

Survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy Maginnes Kissinger, as well as two children from his first marriage, David and Elizabeth, and five grandchildren, Kissinger’s passing marks the end of an era in American diplomacy.

His family will hold a private interment service, with plans for a memorial service in New York City at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Animal Medical Center or the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

More on Kissinger, who was also controversial figure:


“American diplomat Henry Kissinger played an important and controversial role in the Vietnam War. Starting out as a supporter, Kissinger came to see it as a drag on American power. In 1968, Kissinger leaked information about the status of the peace talks in Paris to the Nixon campaign and was rewarded with being appointed National Security Adviser under Richard Nixon. As National Security Adviser, Kissinger sought initially to find a way to end the war on American terms. During his tenure, Kissinger came to differ with Nixon as Kissinger was more in favor of seeking an end to war as expeditiously as possible with minimum damage to American prestige. In October 1972, Kissinger reached a draft agreement that Nixon at first rejected, leading to the Christmas bombings of December 1972. The agreement that Kissinger signed in January 1973—which led to the American withdraw from Vietnam in March of that year—was very similar to the draft agreement rejected the previous year. As National Security Adviser and Secretary of State, Kissinger favored continued American support for South Vietnam right until the collapse of that state in April 1975, which Kissinger blames Congress for.”

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