Ashton Carter, the former defense secretary, passed away suddenly on Monday at the age of 68.
From 2015 until 2017, Carter worked for the previous administration of President Barack Obama. At the Harvard Kennedy School, he most recently held the positions of director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and professor of public policy.
Carter’s unexpected departure was revealed in a statement by Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf on Tuesday morning.
“It is with deep and profound sorrow that I write to inform you that our colleague, teacher, and friend Ash Carter passed away yesterday evening after suffering a heart attack,” Elmendorf penned. “This loss is so sudden and so devastating.”
According to CNBC, Carter’s family also made a statement, claiming that he passed away following a “sudden cardiac event.”
The statement read, “[Carter] devoted his professional life to the national security of the United States and teaching students about international affairs,”. “He was a beloved husband, father, mentor, and friend. His sudden loss will be felt by all who knew him.”
“While he was known for his keen understanding of military technology, nuclear weapons, and international affairs, Secretary Carter loved nothing more than spending time with the troops, making frequent trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit U.S forces.”
Very sad news. Ash Carter was a true public servant, a selfless leader, an innovator, and a very kind man. He always generously made time for me. And for so many other young leaders across the defense and veterans community. My deepest condolences to his family and staff. https://t.co/1kaKvKYYIP
— Paul Rieckhoff🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@PaulRieckhoff) October 25, 2022
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According to Reuters, the family’s statement added: “Carter always set politics aside; he served presidents of both parties over five administrations, holding multiple positions within the Department of Defense.”
Carter’s family also highlighted his passion for teaching at Harvard, where he was revered by many. “He believed that his most profound legacy would be the thousands of students he taught with the hope that they would make the world a better and safer place.”
Tributes for Carter and his family poured in across social media on Tuesday morning, with many of his former colleagues, friends, family, and supporters boasting his many accomplishments both in government service and in the private sector. CONTINUE READING…