Vance, Cyrus (Roberts)
1917 ­

Lawyer, cabinet member; born in Clarksburg, W.Va. A corporate and government lawyer in New York (1947­61), he became secretary of the army (1961­64). As deputy defense secretary (1964­68), he went on peace missions to Panama, Santa Domingo, and Cyprus.President Carter's secretary of state (1977­80), he could not resolve the Iranian hostage crisis and resigned when Carter undertook a helicopter rescue mission against his advice. In 1992 he led a mission to negotiate peace in Yugoslavia.

 

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