Republicans were saddened to hear back in February that Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz had passed away at the age of 100. Less than a year later, more sad news has hit the GOP.
According to the San Francisco Examiner, the former secretary’s wife of 25 years, Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, who served as San Francisco’s chief of protocol for some five decades, died Friday at the age of 88.
The Examiner reports that Charlotte Shultz died “of complications from cancer surrounded by loved ones at her Stanford University residence.”
“The magic Charlotte made happen”
After news broke of her death, former San Francisco mayor and current California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) spoke warmly of Charlotte Shultz, as well as her contribution to the city.
“Charlotte’s impact on San Francisco was enormous. Through her efforts, some of which occurred during my tenure as mayor, we became a world-class city,” Feinstein told the San Francisco Examiner.
“Charlotte created exciting events that heads of state around the world wanted to attend,” the Democratic lawmaker added of Shultz’s time as chief of protocol. “Those countries would send their top statesmen, knowing Charlotte would ensure they were well taken care of and expertly entertained,” Feinstein told the Examiner.
“Thanks to the magic Charlotte made happen, San Francisco went from an also-ran city to top of the heap,” she recalled. “Her warmth and verve are irreplaceable.”
Feinstein said she helped introduce her friend to former Secretary of State George Shultz in 1997. She called the pair’s meeting “love at first sight.
“Six months before their wedding at Grace Cathedral in 1997, I watched Charlotte and George dancing at an event,” the senator remembered.
Designer Stanlee Gatti, another long-time friend of Charlotte Shultz, has said she “will miss Charlotte dearly as a close friend and collaborator.”
“These last few years in San Francisco we’ve already lost so much. But what I mourn the most is, Charlotte’s passing feels like the final blow,” Gatti said.
According to the Examiner, Charlotte Mailliard Shultz was born in Borger, Texas, to parents who owned a general store. She moved to San Francisco in 1963 and later became involved in local politics.