Obama: Late diplomat Holbrooke was US foreign policy giant

A veteran U.S. diplomat and former Scarsdale High School graduate is being remembered by those in the highest political echelons as a giant in the world of American foreign policy in the wake of his death on Monday.

Longtime Diplomat Richard Holbrooke died after undergoing heart surgery. Holbrooke, who was best known for helping negotiate the Dayton Peace Accord, and is credited with ending a war in Bosnia, graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1958.

Secretary of State and Westchester resident Hillary Clinton said that there is just one word that best describes Holbrooke. "The word that keeps being said over and over again is statesman. It's a word that we don't use much anymore, but Richard embodied it."

President Obama called Holbrooke "a true giant of American foreign policy."

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